Trials of the contact-tracing app the NHS will use to help Britain come out of coronavirus lockdown will begin on the Isle of Wight this week. The app, which will monitor whether someone has been close to a person diagnosed with COVID-19, is a vital part of the Government’s ‘test, track and trace’ approach. It will form a crucial element of the ‘trace’ phase of moving the country out of lockdown by helping to establish the networks of people which surround each person who gets diagnosed with the virus. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced a trial will start on the self-contained island, home to 140,000 people, this week. Civil servants will be able to download the app from today and the public later in the week, before it is set to be extended to the British public in the coming weeks. The app will use bluetooth to map where someone has been and who they have had close contact with – defined as being within six-and-a-half feet (2m) for 15 minutes or more. If someone they had recently been close to is diagnosed with the coronavirus, this will be registered in an NHS database and the app user will receive… Read full this story
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