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Friday, January 28, 2022

NHS COVID App ‘Pings’ 520,000 Per Week, Telling Them to Self-Isolate

The NHS Covid-19 app sent out more than half a million alerts last week urging people to isolate themselves after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus.

The figure underscores the swift spread of the Delta variant and will further affect factory, store, and restaurant managers already facing labor shortages, which is partly attributed to too many “pings” in addition to the frequent application.

More than 520,000 contact tracing alerts were sent in England in the week ending July 7, according to figures released by the NHS. This is a 46% increase over the previous week and more than ten times in the previous week before June 2. Wales has experienced a similar growth rate.

The massive increase in app alerts has raised concerns among health officials that a large portion of the population will remove the NHS Covid-19 app to avoid the self-isolation order.

The ministers considered lowering the app’s sensitivity, for example,  by increasing the contact time required to generate a ping. But this has yet to be implemented so as not to reduce its effectiveness in an era of rapidly increasing infections.

Ifeoluwa Adeniji
Ifeoluwa Adeniji has been writing for over two years. She provides ghostwriting and ghost editing services. Her educational background in Mass Communication and journalism has given her a broad base from which to approach many topics. When she is not writing, she is either cooking or singing behind closed windows and doors.

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