Track and trace app: government claims “strong start”


Over 10 million people in England and Wales have downloaded the new NHS COVID-19 app.

According to the Department of Health and Social Care, six million of these downloads took place on September 24, the first day on which the solution was available. The app has also registered more than 1.5 million ‘venue check-ins’ at places of business since its first weekend of use.
Speaking of the launch, health and social care secretary Matt Hancock said: “This is a strong start, but we want even more people and businesses getting behind the app. The more of us who download it, the more effective it will be.
Dido Harding, executive chair of England’s NHS test and trace programme, said: “The integration of contact tracing and venue check-in is a key feature of the NHS COVID-19 app, giving us an easy and straightforward way to help protect one another.”
The app functions via Bluetooth, logging the amount of time users spend within a certain distance of one another. It was launched following a second trial, the first iteration of the app having been scrapped earlier this year.

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