15 Jul COVID-19: More than half a million people in England pinged by NHS test and trace app in a week, the highest figure recorded | UK News
More than half a million people in England were pinged by the NHS Test and Trace app in a week, the highest figure recorded.
A total of 520,194 alerts were sent to users of the NHS COVID-19 app in the week to July 7, telling them they had been in close contact with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus.
This is up from 356,677 the previous week – a rise of 46% – and is the highest weekly figure since data was first published in January.
This morning Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said the Government is “concerned” about the number of people off work due to being “pinged” by the app.
It comes as some companies are reportedly missing 20% of their workers.
Mr Jenrick told LBC radio today: “It is important that we have the app, that we take it seriously, that when we do get those messages we act accordingly.”
But ministers would give “further thought” on how the government can ensure it is a “proportionate response”, Mr Jenrick added.