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Letters Covid-19: controlling community outbreaks

Effective notification systems should be streamlined for the pandemic, not discarded

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 06 August 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3055
  1. John Ashcroft, general practitioner
  1. Ilkeston, UK
  1. jsashcroft{at}

In theory, the UK has a comprehensive notification system, set in statute, whereby all clinically suspected cases of covid-19, as well as laboratory diagnosed cases, should be notified to local public health services. Roderick and colleagues document that this is failing in practice.1

This failure is no more apparent than in the recent events in Leicester. Matt Hancock, secretary …

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