Responding to reports that the COVID-19 R rate has risen above 1 across the UK, Liberal Democrat Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Spokesperson Munira Wilson MP said:
"People will be rightly alarmed by these figures. No one wants to see a second wave of this dreadful virus.
"A robust system to test, trace and isolate every coronavirus case remains essential to keep people safe as we open up our economy and society more and more. The current situation – with many people unable to access testing at all – continues to fall dangerously short of expectations.
"If we are to prevent a second wave we need rapid action to bring our test and trace system up to scratch, as well as absolute clarity in public health messaging. If the Government can’t get these basics right, it will be difficult for people to have any faith in their promises for the future."