follow-up from yesterday

Coronavirus: Test, Track and Trace system in place from June – PM

Media captionJohnson: “Test, track and trace system in place in the UK by June 1”

The PM says England will have a “world-beating” tracing system from June, as he was accused of leaving a “huge hole” in the country’s coronavirus defences.

Boris Johnson said 25,000 contact tracers, able to track 10,000 new cases a day, would be in place by 1 June.

…..but what about the app ?

“The NHS contact tracing app – which is currently being trialled on the Isle of Wight and was initially meant to be launched across England in mid-May – will be rolled out later than June, No 10 suggested”………time will tell – will keep an eye on it.

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A cabinet minister today signalled possible delays of “weeks” to nationwide tracking and tracing combined with the NHS app to contain fresh coronavirus outbreaks — and retreated from demanding that all schools restart lessons from June 1.

In a softening of the Government’s schedule for exiting lockdown, Robert Buckland said contact-tracing, which was due to be in place by the end of May, would have to be phased in and declined to guarantee it would be finished within a month from now.

The Justice Secretary suggested the NHS app, which will alert users if they have been in close proximity with someone reporting Covid-19 symptoms, would take “several weeks” to get ready.

So the jury’s out for contact tracing, the NHS app, and schools going back on 1st June

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