The number of people on the Isle of Wight who have downloaded the test phone app that follows COVID-19 has exceeded all expectations, the Isle of Wight MEP told Sky News.
Conservative MP Bob Seely says last Friday’s figures show that 65% of people who could download the app have done so.
He said, “We are far ahead of what we hoped for. When the figure exceeds 20%, you start to get good evidence, more than 50% and you start to remove the virus and more than 60% and you enjoy the benefits of the app. “”
The app uses Bluetooth technology from a phone to record a contact when people are within 6 feet of each other for at least 15 minutes.
If a user develops symptoms of COVID-19[female[feminine, they notify the NHS and an alert is sent to other users with whom they have contacted.
The government says the application is “completely confidential” and that the identity of the people with whom a person comes into contact is not disclosed.
Users remain anonymous until they provide their own contact information.
They will be asked to provide certain personal information such as a partial postal code, age and gender, but others will not receive this information.
Seely said that out of a population of 140,000, 90,000 could download it, depending on their type of smartphone
“When I got out and the vast majority of people tell me they downloaded it. “
Responding to data protection concerns, he said, “I have never downloaded an app that wants to know less information. It only asks for the first half of your postal code, basic information, nothing more. “
He added: “The result of the application could be that grandparents can see their grandchildren again, pubs can reopen, we can restart our activities. “
The government plans to roll out the app across England in mid-May after the Isle of Wight trial.