A revamped COVID-19 tracker app begins trials today on the Isle of Wight and among NHS volunteer emergency responders. The London Borough of Newham, which with Brent saw most COVID-19 deaths in the capital at the peak of the pandemic, will also be a trial site.
Over the coming days, people living on the Isle of Wight will receive a one-time activation code through the post, which will enable them to download the app. NHS volunteer emergency responders will be contacted by email.
The app is part of England’s NHS Test and Trace service, and works with both iPhones and Android devices.
The app will log the time and distance someone has spent near to anyone, even if they don’t know them. If that person later tests positive for COVID-19, the app will alert them and help them book a test. The app will also give users the risk level in their area based on their postcode, and if you have to self-isolated it will provide a countdown of the days before you can resume your normal activities.