A report by the Independent Sage group of scientists criticised the new centralised system for its fundamentally wrong design, which they say sees thousands of operatives sitting at home, many doing almost nothing for weeks on end.
The group said the army of up to 25,000 staff had reached 51,524 close contacts of people who tested positive for coronavirus between the end of May and the end of July. That amounts, on average, to two successful contacts each across the period.
With only 91,785 names of close contacts uploaded onto the system, each staff member would, on average, have been required to reach fewer than four people during the eight weeks.
The report comes as test and trace staff told The Telegraph the Government is "delusional" if it thinks the system is working, and that many of the phone numbers given by people who have tested positive for coronavirus appear to be fake.
People are basically telling the government to piss off which is always a good sign for liberty and freedom – even if less so for epidemiology.
The probably best course of action would be to let rip and take the lumps.