Coronavirus: 6,000 contact tracers will be cut in England in the next two weeks The scheme has been criticised for not tapping into local knowledge enough amid fears it may not stop a second wave.

The scheme has been criticised for not tapping into local knowledge enough amid fears it may not stop a second wave.

The number of national contact tracers will be cut by 6,000 in the next two weeks with the remaining teams redeployed to local contact tracing groups, the Department of Health has said.

Under the new approach, local authorities and public health teams will have more responsibility to strengthen regional test and trace powers in England.

It comes after criticism that the national system was not tapping into local knowledge.

A report last week warned the UK risked a second...
source: The Sky News

2020-08-10 23:20
Latest news from The Sky News
today 05:53 Nearly 300 fugitives wanted for crimes across Europe arrested in lockdown The suspects are linked to serious crimes like human trafficking and drug smuggling.
today 02:44 Coronavirus: UK government spent £569 million on ventilators for the NHS but many haven't been used The UK has a stockpile of 30,000 breathing machines to help with a second wave.
today 01:41 Coronavirus: Boris Johnson bids to head off Conservative rebellion over COVID-19 rules The PM will give an update from Downing Street on the coronavirus crisis, as he faces calls to give MPs more say on restrictions.
today 01:41 Coronavirus: Plasma treatments for COVID-19 quadruple – but the NHS still needs more donations The NHS currently has enough units to treat about 4,000 people.
today 00:38 Potty-mouthed parrots split up by zoo bosses after egging each other on to swear Nobody has complained about the Bolshie birds but bosses didn't want them upsetting young visitors.
today 00:38 Coronavirus: One million breast screenings missed because of pandemic It is estimated that around 8,600 women are living with undetected breast cancer in the UK after screening services were paused.
today 23:35 Liam Gallagher tears into his brother over Oasis interview The band is celebrating 25 years since it released its second album (What's the Story) Morning Glory.
today 23:35 Priti Patel 'considered sending asylum seekers to isolated Atlantic islands' The PM has promised to get tough on illegal immigration after thousands more people have crossed the Channel already this year.
today 22:32 Husband lured wife's lover to 'ambush' at secluded farm and shot him dead, court hears Prosecutors allege Andrew Jones, 53, shot dead Michael O'Leary, 55, before burning his body in an oil drum at a yard.
today 22:32 Coronavirus: Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara tests positive for COVID-19 Ten Premier League players and staff have tested positive in the latest round of tests.
today 22:32 Matt Damon, Jodie Comer and Adam Driver seen on set of the Last Duel in Ireland Damon flew into Dublin early March to start filming, but this was almost immediately shut down under lockdown restrictions.
today 22:32 Manchester Arena bombings: Attackers 'did not act alone', inquiry hears The British Transport Police said that despite security services knowing about Abedi, they did not have any intelligence on him.
yesterday 21:29 Brexit: MPs approve controversial UK Internal Market Bill
yesterday 20:26 Jet pack paramedic suit tested in the Lake District that can get to patients in minutes The technology could be used to get to injured people on the mountains in seconds, rather than rescue teams trekking to them.
yesterday 19:23 Duchess of Cambridge wears Scout scarf and toasts marshmallows as she takes on new role Kate is also given the Silver Wolf Award on the recommendation of the chief scout, adventurer Bear Grylls.
yesterday 19:23 Coronavirus: Extra restrictions for more than 500,000 people as fresh lockdowns announced in Wales The change will mean about three-quarters of the country and more than 2.3 million people are affected.
yesterday 18:20 Malta backs down on demand that shark tooth given to Prince George by David Attenborough is returned Maltese minister José Herrera had called for the shark tooth handed to Prince George by Sir David Attenborough to be returned.
yesterday 17:17 Goofy dogs and laughing horses compete for funniest pet photo award The competition aims to raise awareness for homeless pets in the UK, with entry fees donated to an animal welfare charity.
yesterday 17:17 Coronavirus: 'Stark' warning of care workers shortage as UK enters second wave The jobs need to be made "more attractive" to native British workers given freedom of movement ends this year, a committee says.
yesterday 17:17 Matt Ratana shooting: Police still not spoken to murder suspect in 'critical condition' Detectives have been searching several areas, including an address believed to be the suspect's family home.
Latest news from Great Britain
today 06:14 The EU's new rule of law report - pushing at an open door?
today 06:14 A 'geopolitical' EU Commission. Great idea - but when?
today 06:14 Ban on Catalan leader condemned as 'disproportionate'
today 06:14 EU defends Jourova over Hungary's resignation demand
today 06:14 Celebrate with us. EUobserver's 20 years of independent EU news
today 05:53 Nearly 300 fugitives wanted for crimes across Europe arrested in lockdown The suspects are linked to serious crimes like human trafficking and drug smuggling.
today 05:50 Huawei wants millions to update to its Android rival as Google Play Store ban continues
today 05:50 Melania Trump and Ivanka break ‘feud’ silence on US debate night sparking Twitter MELTDOWN
today 05:50 Furious Biden CRACKS in defence mode as Trump launches savage attack on son
today 05:50 Queen of the South spoilers: Hidden meaning behind key Teresa motorbike scene exposed
today 05:50 Biden slammed on social media after Trump debate – ‘Never seen him so old or weak’
today 05:50 South China Sea: Pompeo to visit Asia as China US ties reach ‘lowest point in decades’
today 05:50 UK weather forecast: Storm Aiden brings total WASH OUT with 70mph winds and heavy rain
today 05:50 Nigel Farage savages 'Bumbling Biden' in furious US debate Twitter frenzy – ‘disgraceful’
today 05:50 Polls are in! Biden narrowly WINS election debate with Trump - both sides dealt HUGE blow
today 05:11 Loving Hull grandad tragically dies after falling down the stairs
today 05:11 Loving Hull grandad tragically dies after falling down the stairs
today 05:11 Sarah Duffin fears her 'nuisance' family will be evicted by council
today 05:11 Sarah Duffin fears her 'nuisance' family will be evicted by council
today 05:05 Three takeaways from the first US presidential debate
today 04:47 Coronavirus UK: You could be increasing your risk every time you go to the toilet
today 04:47 Umbrella Academy season 3 spoilers: Allison's death 'sealed' in comic book clue
today 04:47 Donald Trump savaged by moderator as presidential debate erupts – ‘Your campaign agreed!'
today 04:47 Andrew Neil caught up in awkward blunder during SAVAGE attack on US debate moderator
today 04:47 Melania Trump bombshell: Real reason FLOTUS is HUGE ‘asset’ in POTUS campaign
today 04:47 Andrew Neil mocks 'weak' Biden as Trump creates 'sleepy Joe bloodbath' in US debate
today 04:47 Donald Trump SAVAGED as Presidential debate turns ugly - 'Would you shut-up!'
today 03:44 Games with Gold October 2020 overshadowed by big Xbox news for November
today 03:44 Carole Baskin pens heartfelt statement following Dancing With The Stars elimination
today 03:44 US debate FURY: Trump locked in heated spat with host - 'I'm debating him not you?!' 
today 03:44 Taiwan CRACKS DOWN on pop stars for performing ‘propaganda’ songs for China’s National Day
today 03:44 North Korea breaks silence on coronavirus crisis in URGENT call for ‘effective leadership’
today 03:44 Joe Biden mocked for ‘begging’ for bathroom break in 90 minute debate – ‘Is he up for it?’
today 02:44 Coronavirus: UK government spent £569 million on ventilators for the NHS but many haven't been used The UK has a stockpile of 30,000 breathing machines to help with a second wave.
today 02:41 Richard Tice warns Boris about selling Brexit Britain out to EU - 'We'll come after you!'
today 02:41 Local lockdown update: Which areas face stricter rules from TOMORROW?
today 02:41 Coronavirus lockdown: THIS could be first city to impose two-week ‘circuit breaker’
today 02:41 Boris Johnson press conference: How to watch live as PM gives latest COVID update
today 02:41 Brink of war: India REJECTS fragile border agreement risking China fury
today 02:41 Helen Reddy dead: 'Formidable' Australian superstar dies aged 78
today 02:41 Line of Duty season 6 theories: DI Kate Fleming 'killed' in shootout as she exposes H?
today 02:41 Donald Trump accused of MOCKING Christian supporters in leadup to US debate
today 02:41 US debates 2020: Donald Trump Jr brands Biden ‘swamp creature’ as he defends father's tax
today 02:41 Will Joe Biden wear an earpiece to CHEAT the US debate? Conspiracy theory sweeps web
today 01:41 Coronavirus: Boris Johnson bids to head off Conservative rebellion over COVID-19 rules The PM will give an update from Downing Street on the coronavirus crisis, as he faces calls to give MPs more say on restrictions.
today 01:41 Coronavirus: Plasma treatments for COVID-19 quadruple – but the NHS still needs more donations The NHS currently has enough units to treat about 4,000 people.
today 01:38 Bubonic plague outbreak sparks panic - 20 people forced to isolate in hospital ward
today 01:38 Melania Trump shows off model figure in chic suit for Donald Trump's presidential debate
today 01:38 Joe Biden issues humiliating Trump snub releasing tax returns HOURS before election debate
today 01:38 Twitter MELTDOWN as Melania Trump and Jill Biden come face to face at debate: ‘Crush her!’
Watch the news from UK on Facebook