UK LAYING OFF 6,000 COVID-19 CONTACT TRACERS
The British government is laying off 6,000 coronavirus contact tracers and deploying the rest to work in local teams, acknowledging that the centralized track-and-trace system is not working well enough.
The UK has been criticized for failing to keep track of infected people’s contacts early in the pandemic, which contributed to the country’s high death toll of more than 46,500, the most in Europe.
The national test-and-trace program said it was officially adopting that localized approach. Some 6,000 contact tracers will be laid off this month, and the remaining 12,000 will work with local public health authorities around the country.