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Coronavirus: How does the NHS test-and-trace system and app work?

 

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Concerns have been SLOTXO raised about the number of people self-isolating after being "pinged" by the NHS Covid app.

 

More than 600,000 people in England and Wales received an alert in the week to 14 July.

 

 

Why are so many people being 'pinged'?

The number of alerts has risen because of a surge in Covid infections.

 

In the second week of July, 618,903 alerts were sent to people in England and Wales - up 17% on the previous week.

 

It's feared many users are deleting the app, to avoid self-isolating.

 

 

Do I have to self-isolate if I'm pinged?

People in England and Wales can download the NHS Covid app.

 

If you spend enough time close to another person using it, you will receive a "ping" alert if they test positive for Covid.
You need to be 2m (6ft) from them for 15 minutes to trigger a message.

 

If you are "pinged" you're advised - but not legally obliged - to self-isolate until 10 days have passed since your
contact with them.

 

Business minister Paul Scully said people who are "pinged" can make an "informed decision" about whether to isolate.
But Downing Street later insisted it is "crucial" to self-isolate when sent an alert.

 

Northern Ireland and Scotland have separate apps.



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