Monday, May 4, latest;
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there was ‘huge enthusiasm’ for the idea of trying out the new contact tracing App on the Isle of Wight this week, which will alert users if they have been close to someone with the Covid-19 virus.
Users who experience symptoms will be asked to notify the App and will then be offered a test, with NHS staff on the island among the first. Members of the public will then receive a letter on Thursday urging them to download the App and join the trial.
The system is expected to be in place by the middle of this month, with Hancock calling the new project a “huge national undertaking of unprecedented scale and complexity”.
Deputy chief medical officer for England Jonathan Van-Tam, also present at the briefing, said that with regards to the Government’s five tests for lifting lockdown, there was still a deep scientific discussion going on about the fifth test concerning avoiding a second peak. This comes despite data showing the Government was in a good position on passing the first test – a sustained fall in daily deaths.
Van-Tam added that the government wanted to see the number of new Covid-19 cases falling before it considered it safe to lift the restrictions, making it clear that new cases needed to come down further.