NHS launches new app to trace all who have been near coronavirus victims

Mr Hancock said he wants to outline the next steps for tracing infections via an app, that will allow people to log their symptoms anonymously, data only to be used by NHS staff. Mr Hancock said: “Today I wanted to outline the next step: a new NHS app for contact tracing. “If you become unwell with the symptoms of coronavirus, you can securely tell this new NHS app and the app will then send an alert anonymously to other app users that you’ve been in significant contact with over the past few days, even before you had symptoms, so that they know and can act accordingly.

“All data will be handled according to the highest ethical and security standards, and would only be used for NHS care and research, and we won’t hold it any longer than it’s needed.”

“And as part of our commitment to transparency, we’ll be publishing the source code, too.”

Matt Hancock was asked about the delivery of PPE to NHS frontline staff.

Mr Hancock says “we won’t rest” until everyone gets the necessary PPE delivered.

The Health Secretary then praised procurement experts.

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