A coronavirus contact-tracing app is being trialed in the Isle of Wight from May 5 and is anticipated to be introduced throughout the UK in the coming weeks.
In a press briefing, health secretary Matt Hancock stated the app “will help us ship test, track and hint on the mass scale that we’d like across the nation.”
The app will initially be available to NHS employees, and from Thursday, the island’s 80,000 households will obtain letters asking them to install the app.
Hancock added that it took full consideration of privacy and safety and had already been tested in closed situations at an RAF base.
The app uses low energy Bluetooth to alert customers if they’re inside 6ft of somebody with the virus for at least 15 minutes.
If a user becomes unwell with COVID-19 symptoms, they inform the NHS via the app and different app customers who they’ve had contact with, can be sent an alert and advice about what to do. It is also deliberate in including a test ordering function.
The app had failed NHS scientific safety and cybersecurity assessments that may permit it’s included in the NHS app library. However, a Division of Health and Social Care (DHSC) spokesperson said this was factually incorrect.