June 12, 2021

We will adapt tracking app if needed – UK minister

UK Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has said the UK is not developing a second ‘test, track and trace’ app, in case the one currently being piloted in the Isle of Wight fails.

Jenrick told the BBC on Sunday: “As far we are aware we are not developing a second app – we are learning lessons from the other apps that exist elsewhere in the world and if we need to change our app, we will do.”

The UK’s tracing app is being tested on 50,000 people on the Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England.

Jenrick also acknowledged that the situation in UK care homes was “extremely challenging”, but he said the government had a “clear strategy”.

He said no one would be allowed to go to a care home unless they were free of the virus, and that staff and residents would be tested even if they did not display symptoms.

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