A contact tracing app for the coronavirus will be launched on Thursday across England and Wales. Following months of delays and questions about it’s reliability after other countries have already had it in place.
Coronavirus: Contact tracing application launches after delays: The Health Secretary has hailed it an “important step forward” and it will help in the fight against the “invisible killer”. NHS Test and Trace, responsible for the app, said it has already had a trial period on the Isle of Wight. Also in the London borough of Newham, where positive cases were showing.
The new version of the app has been trialed in both areas. After the original one was scrapped due to technical issues. Television advertising for it will start tonight with the headline “Protect your loved ones. Get the app”.
The success of the app will wholly depend on how many people download and use it as it is voluntary. As new cases rise daily, it comes at a critical point for the UK.
Matt Hancock, Health Secretary, said “our control of the spread of this virus is at a tipping point”. He went on to say “We have worked extensively with tech companies Additionally, international partners, and privacy and medical experts. We have learned from the trials, to develop an app that is secure and simple to use. This will help keep our country safe.
Today’s launch marks an important step forward in our fight against this invisible killer. And I urge everyone who can to download and use the app to protect themselves and their loved ones.”
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