Coronavirus: Contact tracing app to be trialled on Isle of Wight
An SSN app aimed at limiting a second wave of coronavirus will be tested on the Isle of Wight this week, according to the transportation secretary.
It will be the first place where the new contact tracking app will be used before being rolled out more widely this month, said Grant Shapps.
The government will ask the whole UK to download it, said the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.
“This will contribute to a lot of automation of the tracking.”
Epidemiologists who advise the national health service say that around 56% of the UK population, equal to around 80% of smartphone owners, must use the app to suppress the virus.
However, they add that the spread of the disease could still be slowed down even if the spread is less.
Labor Party’s Nick Labor-Symonds said there were shortcomings in the government’s plan as not everyone has a smartphone and there are privacy and security concerns.
“There are people for whom location services on their mobile devices are disabled for particular security reasons,” she told Sophy Ridge in Sky News.
The government also promised to recruit 18,000 people to perform manual contact tracking, as it pursues a tracking and tracing strategy in order to lift the blockade.
Using Bluetooth, the free smartphone app will monitor when its users connect with each other, automating the tracking process.
If a user develops symptoms of coronavirus, the disclosure could trigger an anonymous alert for users with whom he has recently had contact, allowing them to enter quarantine or be tested.
It was previously suggested that the test areas of the contact tracking app might also have some simplified blocking measures ahead of time.
Contact tracing was recognized for helping to lift restrictions in other countries when combined with other measures.
The app raised concerns that the government and third parties have access to people’s data.