Key Workers Will Be First To Trial New Coronavirus Tracking App

Katie Ramirez
May 28, 2020

The federal government is trialling the app, created to alert other people if they have got come into shut touch with any person who has coronavirus, at the island this week.

Everyone on the island will receive access to the official NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app from this Thursday, with NHS and council staff able to download from 4pm today, Tuesday 5 May.

The NHS app is now in its second test phase on the Isle of Wight, after being trialled on an RAF base a couple of weeks before.

Just about a 3rd of other people at the Isle of Wight have downloaded the federal government's coronavirus touch tracing app, regardless of it best changing into extensively to be had these days, native MP Bob Seely has stated.

Ministers are urging the public to sign up to the app - which is beginning trials on the Isle of Wight -as a way out of the current lockdown and re-starting the economy. Users can then declare on the app if they have become ill with symptoms of the coronavirus, and the app in turn notifies everyone they have been in contact with to self-isolate.

Tracking data from the NHS coronavirus tracing app may be kept for research purposes, MPs have been told.

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I am delighted that the Isle of Wight has been chosen as the pilot area to assist with the development of this app, and I hope that Islanders can get behind it and support it by downloading the app on their phones.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast in response to similar privacy concerns raised by Amnesty International UK that a centralised model is "opening the door to pervasive state surveillance and privacy infringement", Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that is "completely wrong".

Mr Hancock said the more people who sign up to it, the more effective it will be.

He said that to get the epidemic under control and escape lockdown it will be necessary to have contact tracing and continued social distancing for the time being. Travel to and from the island is also relatively restricted, so it will be easier to determine how the virus spreads via community transmission.

A trial of the app on the Isle of Wight begins this week.

Questions are however already being asked about data security and privacy for app users, as well as the performance of the software, with a Health Service Journal report suggesting that so far the app has failed tests needed to be included on the NHS app store.

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