Hundreds of thousands of people have been ordered to stay indoors in a single week after being cracked down by the Covid app.
Anyone in England who tests positive for Covid-19, whether through a rapid test (LFD) or a lab-processed PCR test, is transferred to Test and Trace so their contacts can be traced and alerted.
Some 86.1% of these people were affected in the past week.
A total of 194,005 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in England at least once a week until July 7.
The Telegraph reports that some people are forced to self-isolate for 10 days despite never having had any face-to-face contact with a positive Covid case.
The post claims that sources close to the Test and Trace app team claim that the Bluetooth signal used is strong enough to pass through walls.
It was reportedly raised as a concern during development and is under review, but sources in Whitehall said any changes could take “a few weeks.”
A source said: “We hear of anecdotal cases and we know there is a possibility that the signal is going through walls, although it is weakened.
“The app has been calibrated to try to prevent this from happening, but we are looking carefully at the issue of notifications. “
Dr Fiona Sampson, senior researcher in emergency and emergency care at the University of Sheffield, told the publication: “My partner received a ping and called 111 to find out when contact took place. day of alleged contact.
“We later realized that he was working with his phone on the table, less than two meters from our neighbor. “
Jason Delaney, 39, a bar owner in Alton, Hampshire, reportedly said he was questioned despite not having been in close contact with anyone on the day in question.
A government spokesperson did not say how many people were said to have been trapped through the walls, but said that number was not large enough to be considered a problem.
The spokesperson added: “But we wouldn’t say that never happens. “
It comes after revelations that more than half a million people have been ordered to self-isolate in England and Wales after being ‘screwed’ by the Covid app.
The latest data shows that 530,126 alerts – 520,194 in England and 9,932 in Wales – were sent in the seven days leading up to July 7.
This is a 46% increase from the previous week, and the highest seven-day total since the data was first released in January.
Despite the increase in the number of people being “pinged”, there were more downloads of the app in the seven days to July 7 (342,483) than in any week since the seven days. until June 6 (393,842).
Separate figures have shown that nearly one in seven people transferred to the Test and Trace system in England after testing positive for Covid-19 is not reached.