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England Virus Tracing Undercut by 20,000 a Day Not Isolating

  • Test-and-trace chief Harding says 20% not complying with rules
  • Hunt warns those levels are ‘enough to restart the pandemic’
A Coronavirus Stay Home poster in London.

A Coronavirus Stay Home poster in London.

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg
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At least 20,000 people a day in England are failing to self-isolate after contact with a coronavirus case despite being told to do so, according to the head of the country’s test-and-trace program.

Dido Harding told members of Parliament about 20% of some 100,000 contacts traced by authorities each day last week were not fully complying with regulations, due to a range of reasons including financial difficulties.