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Contact tracing: New NHS COVID-19 app launches in England and Wales

The UK National Health Service’s (NHS) official COVID-19 contact-tracing app has been launched across England and Wales following months of delays.

Available from today on the Apple App Store and Google Play, the NHS COVID-19 app uses Bluetooth technology to detect whether someone has come into contact with another person who has reported COVID-19 symptoms.

Encounters are recorded by the app so that if someone later reports being COVID-19 positive, other people they have come into close contact to are alerted.

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These people will then be instructed to self-isolate for 14 days. The app features a countdown clock that will show users how long they must remain at home for and will help them book a free COVID-19 test from the NHS.

A QR code scanner is also included in the new NHS COVID-19 app, which smartphone owners can use

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England and Wales launching COVID-19 app using Apple/Google system

After failing to produce its own system, the UK government has announced that it it will release a new coronavirus exposure notification app on September 24.

Following Scotland’s launch of a COVID-19 exposure notification app this week, and Northern Ireland’s in July, the rest of the UK is now to get its own system from Thursday, September 24.

“We need to use every tool at our disposal to control the spread of the virus including cutting-edge technology,” health secretary Matt Hancock said to the BBC. “The launch of the app later this month across England and Wales is a defining moment and will aid our ability to contain the virus at a critical time.”

The decision to produce a joint England and Wales version was described as “the most practical option” by the Welsh Health and Social Services Minister Vaughan Gething.

“It makes sense to use the same app,

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England and Wales’ contact-tracing app gets launch date

Contact tracing app
Contact tracing app

A new Covid-19 contact-tracing app will be launched across England and Wales on 24 September, the government has announced.

The app will let people scan barcode-like QR codes to register visits to hospitality venues and will implement Apple and Google’s method of detecting other smartphones.

Businesses are being asked to display QR code posters to support the app.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the launch as “a defining moment”.

The first version of the NHS contact-tracing app, intended for the whole of the UK, was trialled on the Isle of Wight in May but later abandoned.

“We need to use every tool at our disposal to control the spread of the virus including cutting-edge technology,” said Mr Hancock.

“The launch of the app later this month across England and Wales is a defining moment and will aid our ability to contain the virus at a critical time.”

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