Keir Starmer warns PM has a MONTH to fix the NHS test and trace system

Keir Starmer warns Boris Johnson has a MONTH to fix the NHS test and trace system or the UK will face a 'long bleak winter' of coronavirus crisis Keir Starmer has warned time is running out to avert another coronavirus peak Labour leader says failure to act now will mean a 'long bleak winter' of crisis Experts have warned the test and trace system must improve to avoid a surge 

By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 08:00 BST, 5 August 2020 | Updated: 11:10 BST, 5 August 2020

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Keir Starmer ramped up pressure on Boris Johnson today warning he has just a month to bolster the test and trace system - or the UK will face a 'long bleak winter' of coronavirus.  

The Labour leader lashed the PM for being 'too slow to act' throughout the crisis, saying he needed to accept the crucial tracking arrangements are not working properly.

Sir Keir said the nation was at a 'crucial point' in the fight against the disease and failure to address the problems in the coming weeks would fuel a deadly second peak.

The grim warning, in an article for the Guardian, came after a major study predicted a resurgence of the disease unless the system gets better - and said it could be twice as bad as in the Spring. 

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Keir Starmer (pictured right on a visit to Peterborough last week) has ramped up pressure on Boris Johnson (pictured left) warning he has just a month to bolster the test and trace system - or the UK will face a 'long bleak winter' of coronavirus

Scientists said the only way of bringing back schools and avoiding another crisis around Christmas was dramatically to improve the NHS test and trace operation. 

Sir Keir pointed to the Government's lack of clear communication throughout the crisis and said contact tracing was one of the biggest issues.

He wrote: 'On the occasions that the government has acted at pace, it has too often done so without a clear plan. Trying to get answers and clarity from the prime minister is a frustrating experience.

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