Ministers urged British public not to remove article NHS Covid-19 app, after figures on Thursday suggested that the number of warnings issued by the test-and-detection system is far exceeded by the growth of infections.
According to the latest figures released by the Department of Health, the app was ordered to isolate themselves in the week to July 14 in the week to July 14.
The total number of “pings” sent when the app detects that someone spent time near an individual who later tested positive for Covid exceeded 4 million.
The large number of people recommended for isolation is blamed by business leaders for exacerbating existing shortages of workers and threatening to disrupt food and fuel supplies.
But the 17 percent growth recorded in app alerts slowed dramatically compared to the 46 percent jump reported in the previous week. exceed 500,000 for the first time.
This increase is behind the larger increase in infections, which increased by more than 60 percent during the same period. The inconsistency indicates that more people have disabled or removed the app to prevent it from being isolated.
The British secretary of the United Kingdom, Kwasi Kwarteng, told Sky News that it was a ‘great shame’ that people seemed to be removing the app.
“These rules are in order to protect everyone, and I think the whole point of self-isolation is that we protect the wider society and I think people should abide by the rules,” he said.
According to the Department of Health, the number of people using the NHS Test and Trace app to register at pubs, shops and other venues has dropped by 10 per cent compared to the previous week – which is seen as another sign of deletion.
A recent survey by YouGov suggested that one in ten previous users of the app removed it, while one in five who still installed the app turned off its contact tracking capabilities.
The use of the app is even lower among 18-24 year olds – who can also be vaccinated the least – YouGov found.
The app, which is based on technology built by Apple and Google, uses Bluetooth signals to anonymously track connections between individuals.
Despite growing concern about staff in the retail, hospitality and logistics industry, Rachel Clarke, a physician and author of NHS Palliative Care, expressed frustration on Twitter about blaming a so-called ‘pingdemik’ for disrupting the economy, when the underlying problem was a rapid increase in infections.
“It’s not a ping pong game,” she said. tweeted. ‘It is a very contagious and dangerous disease that can be exacerbated by the population. It is an astonishingly reckless political choice. ”
Ministers are accused of exacerbating public confusion over the app. Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak initially said they would not isolate themselves after being contacted by Health and Care Secretary. Sajid Javid tested positive for the virus last weekend. The British Prime Minister and Chancellor reversed their positions after a setback.
The Department of Health pointed out a study which showed that between September and December 2020, the NHS app had an estimated 600,000 Covid-19 cases and 8,000 deaths.
“The app does exactly what it’s designed to do – to notify close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 that they are in danger and advises them to isolate themselves and others.”