UK opts for “Korean strategy”

Thousands of “contact tracers” will be recruited to promote deconfinement.

A technician works in a Covid-19 testing laboratory at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. The British government’s goal is to run 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month.
A technician works in a Covid-19 testing laboratory at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. The British government’s goal is to run 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month. ANDREW MILLIGAN / AFP

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It’s a strategy “Korean style” to which the United Kingdom is heading. He will thus recruit an army of thousands – perhaps 15,000 – of “contact tracers” to promote an exit from confinement. It is therefore a question of following the “test, trace, isolate” model drawn by Seoul. According to Times, the pool will be civil servants whose tasks are currently suspended as well as volunteers ready to help the NHS (public health service). The goal would be to trace, within 24 hours of diagnosis, more than 80% of people who have been in contact with an infected person. They would then be placed in quarantine. This device complements a tracking application set up by the NHS and it should be operational in three weeks, knowing that the confinement was, on April 16, extended for at least three weeks.

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