Coronavirus: England’s contact-tracing app readies for launch


England is making a second attempt at a COVID-19 contact-tracing app that will soon be tested by members of the public.

Reports gathered that the app will log when two people have been within 2 metres of each other for more than 15 minutes.

The application will let people scan barcode-like QR codes to log venue visits, as well as implementing Apple and Google’s method of detecting other smartphones.

However, efforts are still being made to deliver medical test results within the app.

The application will provide information about the prevalence of the disease in the local area to encourage people to be more cautious if levels rise and it will help citizens identify symptoms and order tests if required.

The contact-tracing app will also identify that a user has been exposed to people with the virus or been to locations linked to multiple infections and provide support if they go into self-isolation.

It remains unclear how long it will be until the app is rolled out nationwide in England but officials hope to confirm the date for the limited roll-out within a few days. It could be as soon as next week.


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