How does NHS app work at pubs?

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The app will then advise users to self-isolate if they have been in close contact with a confirmed case.

Both Scotland and Northern Ireland have already introduced their own individual contact tracing apps, which users can switch to should they visit either country, following the delay of the original NHS software.

NHS COVID-19, a contact tracing app created by the United Kingdom government, is rolling out to residents of England and Wales as of today, with the app available from the iOS App Store. That means they may be told to self-isolate on the basis of having checked in at a hotspot location - despite having left long before the person who tested positive arrived.

The British government estimates less than 10,000 people a day are contracting COVID-19, health minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday, less than during the pandemic's peak, even as numbers testing positive have risen to similar levels.

More than two million people in the United Kingdom are using contact-tracing apps.

The app has been designed with user privacy in mind, so it tracks the virus, not people and uses the latest in data security technology to protect privacy. "The accuracy with which it does that is increasing all of the time - and we've been working very closely with Apple and with Google who've done a great job in working to make this happen and to ensure that accuracy is constantly improved".

The NHS COVID-19 app is free and now available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

The app will then redirect users to book a test online.

"The more people who have the app, the more effective it will be in terms of this notification process", Levine said of COVID Alert PA in August. It is the action we all take now we have it that will help us to beat the virus.

It also has a QR code scanner, so users can check-in to bars and restaurants. "And it helps by explaining what the rules are and the risk in your area for people easily and straightforwardly to be able to answer questions and consult on the rules so it has a whole series of features".

"I would urge everyone in the communities we serve to download the app and also stick with existing safety measures - please wash your hands regularly, wear face masks or face coverings and stay two metres apart, especially indoors".

Britain reported 6,178 new daily cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Internet law expert, professor Lilian Edwards - who was on an ethics advisory panel for the earlier, now defunct version of the England & Wales app - made this point to BBC Radio 4's World at One program yesterday.

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