The government is preparing to release an app which alerts people if they come too close to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, Sky News can reveal.
THE GOVERNMENT is preparing to release a new coronavirus app which alerts people if they are too close to someone who has tested positive for the disease.
The app will operate on an opt-in basis and will be released either just before or just after the lockdown is lifted, people with close knowledge of the app told Sky news. The app will detect other phones nearby using short-range Bluetooth signals, then store a record of those contacts on the device, the sources say.
NHS bosses hope the app will attract more than 50% of the population.
However, downloading the app is not compulsory.
If someone tests positive for COVID-19, they will be able to upload those contacts, who can then be alerted.
People are able to remain anonymous with contacts being alerted after a suitable delay to avoid accidentally identifying an individual via the app.
Location data is being released by Google in 131 countries so officials can see if people are obeying self-isolating rules
Alphabet’s Google division has on Thursday published data for 131 countries that shows whether people are obeying self-isolating and quarantine rules.
The ‘Community Mobility Reports’ from the search engine giant showed whether visits to shops, parks and workplaces dropped in March, Reuters reported.
March is when many countries around the world brought in their lock-down rules, and readers can click here to see the Google reports on their particular country.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KRON/NEXSTAR) – Kentucky courts have ordered several coronavirus patients to wear GPS ankle monitors after they refused to stay at home.
Judges have ordered people who have tested positive or are suspected of having the virus to self-isolate, and those who ignore the mandate may be placed on house arrest, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
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