Continuing to employ failing firm Serco to run Britain’s test-and-trace system is throwing good money after bad.

The company’s record is woeful – it only reaches half the people it is supposed to.

The £300million Labour estimates could be saved should be spent saving lives instead.

With new coronavirus cases surging beyond 1,000 a day, we need a fresh approach, particularly after scientists warned schools returning could trigger an even deadlier second wave.

Test-and-tracers working alongside local public health teams is a long-overdue switch the Government was foolish to resist.

Serco have been criticised for their test-and-trace record

Workers in communities are the best people to trace those infected with the virus and persuade them to self-isolate.

The world-beating test-and-trace system the Prime Minister promised was never delivered.

The tragedy is that avoidable mistakes are still being made and still costing lives.

Must do better

When the Government barely has a Plan A to reopen schools, we shouldn’t be surprised that there’s no Plan B either.

But it is crucial that, in advance of inevitable spikes in individual schools, heads, governors and teachers know how to respond.

Pupils, parents and carers should be reassured the Government knows what it’s doing.

But all too often this Government flounders, issuing contradictory instructions.

Classes restarting for all pupils is of paramount importance yet the lack of planning to put Boris Johnson’s rhetoric into action is as depressing as it is familiar.

So let’s see coherent Plans A and B. Or the Prime Minister will have failed another test.

He’s got talent

Simon Cowell’s batteries must recharge faster than his electric bike’s.

He returned to work hours after surgery on his broken back and will be on TV next month.

The injured maestro’s stamina should win him a place as an act on Britain’s Got Talent, not just as one of its judges.