The LocalGov website reports that the government is to hand over £300m to principal authorities in England to support track and trace work in order that any future outbreaks be managed locally.
Under the plans, councils have been asked to submit detailed virus control plans by the end of June to demonstrate how they would manage a localised outbreak including infection prevention strategies and ensuring effective testing capacity.
The work will be led by Local Resilience Forums and council appointed boards and data will be shared with the Joint Biosecurity Centre allowing a more detailed local response should a further lockdown become necessary.
Health and Social Care secretary, Matt Hancock MP, said: ‘Test and trace will work at its best with central government working side by side with local authorities. ‘We will work with them to reduce the spread of coronavirus in their area, harnessing their local knowledge and mobilising boots on the ground.’
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