The latest data shows that in England 607,486 alerts were sent to app users between July 8 and 14, and a further 11,417 were sent to Wales. This is an increase of 17% from the previous week.
Alerts on the NHS Covid-19 app notify users if they have been in close contact with a positive coronavirus case. If a person is questioned by the app, they are advised to self-isolate for up to 10 days.
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Being “pinged” is only advisory and is not enforceable by law. However, if you are called by the NHS Track and Trace team, isolation is a legal requirement. There are many reports of people now choosing to delete the NHS app to avoid receiving the notification and #deletethapp is now all the rage on Twitter.
The number of alerts sent to Wales:
Asked on Thursday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman was asked whether the UK government acknowledged there was what has been termed a “pingemia”.
The spokesperson said: “We recognize that many people are being asked to self-isolate. The application and the testing and traceability systems are designed to contact positive cases. be asked to isolate.
Today the UK government is expected to release a list of key workers who will be exempt from self-isolation if reported by the app as close contact of a positive case.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng told the BBC that a “very narrow” list of jobs would be released today.
In England, self-isolation of all fully vaccinated people reported by the app as close contacts is to be removed by August 16. Similar plans are under consideration in Wales but are not yet in effect. The next exam in Wales is scheduled for or around August 5th.
The latest UK government figures released on Wednesday showed there were 44,104 other daily coronavirus cases in the UK over a 24-hour period, with 73 coronavirus-related deaths.
In Wales, the latest figures today, July 22, show 712 new cases, a total of 234,880 since the start of the pandemic. Four new deaths have been reported.
Welsh Conservative Russell George MS said: “It is clear that our economic recovery is in danger of being held back by the ‘ping-demi’.
“More than 11,000 people in Wales last week received the alert, many of whom will have been doubly vaccinated. We cannot afford to lose the public’s trust and this period of isolation must be urgently reconsidered.
“Earlier this week I called on the Welsh and UK governments to work together immediately so that changes can be implemented, and I reiterate that call strongly today. “
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