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One constant in Covid crisis: government contracts out, private sector cashes in

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep pace with the rapid changes and abrupt U-turns in government policy on how to deal with the Covid-19 crisis.

The past fortnight has seen repeated U-turns on requiring the use of facemasks, both in public transport and in NHS settings and care homes, along with varying figures on the R level – at local and national level – whether it was going up or down, and whether or not the alert level should be reduced from four to three.

Ministers justified relaxing the lockdown on the “world-beating Test and Trace” system they insisted would be in place by 1st June, only for an email from the head of the Test and Trace programme to reveal the next day that it would not be operational until September, while leaks revealed the poor level of training of the majority of test and trace staff.

Full story in The Lowdown, 10 June 2020

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