Ministers have ordered the creation of an NHS mobile phone application which the government hopes will help end the coronavirus lockdown.
The application would allow mobile phones to track users who have come into contact with infected people, alerting them to get tested.
The ministers hope that this will begin to lift the strictest social distancing measures from the end of next month.
According to advanced sources, NHSX, the tech branch of healthcare, has been working on the app with Google and Apple at “breakneck speed.” The system will use Bluetooth technology to alert those who download the application if they have been in the immediate vicinity with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
Combined with a vast expansion of tests, which ministers say will reach 100,000