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