ALL eyes will be on the Isle of Wight this week as a new NHS app that tracks and traces the spread of coronavirus launches across the Isle of Wight.
It comes as new figures show that more than 6,000 people have died in nursing homes in England and Wales – which means that almost a third of all deaths due to Covid-19 have occurred in care homes.
Health bosses say the NHS app, which will be rolled out as part of a pilot test on Tuesday May 5, was created to track infected people and monitor contact with others.
Secretary of Health Matt Hancock told the nation at a press conference last night: “Islanders know that by participating in this pilot project, they are at the forefront of handing over Britain on foot.
“Where the Isle of Wight goes, Britain follows. “
Anyone who starts to feel sick will let the NHS know through the app, and they will contact other people they have seen.
Test control functions will also be integrated.
The Secretary of Health said that the new application and the new tracking system would help “reduce the R rate and maintain the R rate” and ensure that generalized transmission remains low.
Meanwhile, drastic measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace – such as screens between desks, back-to-back staff and the ban on hot desks – could be in place for a year maximum.
Movements such as one-way systems in offices and handwashing kits at entrances and exits will be in place for six to 12 months after the lockout is lifted.
But the British hoped that the end to the lockdown was near after it emerged that two of the government’s five tests to loosen the restrictions had been passed.
The United Kingdom remains one of the most affected countries in the world as the coronavirus death toll rose to 28,650 on Monday.
Piers Morgan missed a second episode of Good Morning Britain while battling a disease after testing negative for the coronavirus.
The nation is now anxiously awaiting an announcement on the lockout restrictions, which are expected to be reviewed on May 7.
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