It was revealed that people in England using the NHS Track and Trace app are unable to enter a negative test result if they didn’t use it to book their swab, but when users tell it they have coronavirus symptoms, either a high temperature, new persistent cough or loss of taste or smell, the app instantly launches a 14-day self-isolation countdown and advises them to get tested.
However, if they don’t book through the device, it won’t let them enter a negative result or turn off the countdown – the Department for Health and Social Care said the app will be updated.
Hundreds of people who downloaded the app after its takeoff on Thursday, when they had already booked a test, have experienced issues with the app.
Professor Deborah Ryan, from the University of Portsmouth, said that the bug was confusing as the app doesn’t tell you that you can’t enter negative tests booked outside of it.
She added that the app still tells you to quarantine if you entered symptoms, which means you can’t turn off the self-isolation alert in the app.
Test results from swabs by the Office for National Statistics surveys, NHS Hospitals or Public Health England also can’t be entered into the app, meaning it may miss people who need to self-isolate.
More than four million people have downloaded the much-touted software over the past three days, with experts warning they need half of the United Kingdom to get the device for it to be effective.
The coronavirus apps launched in Scotland and Northern Ireland have not experienced these issues and the Department of Health said the use of the app was entirely voluntary and advice to get a test or self-isolate couldn’t be enforced.
At a press conference on Thursday Professor Christophe Fraser, who helped to design the app, said it would be effective at impeding the spread of the virus if it was downloaded by just 15 per cent of people.
He said, this about the benefit to the person in your local network and that the answer was that you need to download the app for it to have an effect for you and on your personal social network and that you need to encourage your friends and family to do the same.
But is this another brainiac app, purely designed to control the people? And should we really download the app? Yes, of course, be responsible, but certainly don’t pander to the power monsters et cetera.
It seems getting tested is a new trend, but then I hear that bulk buying toilet roll is making a comeback. In the end, they won’t need you to have an app on your phone to track you and our Government will have a lot to explain and isn’t our Government clever, they’re letting us govern ourselves rather than the bureaucrats and we don’t even realise it.
Here’s a suggestion, why don’t we all congregate on our doorsteps at 8 pm and clap loudly and clank pots and pans to scare the virus away because evidently, the virus is only active after 10 pm.
Of course, it’s challenging times for everyone, especially with not being able to see each other as often because of the coronavirus. However, evidently, we have a Government that knows what they’re doing.
And apparently, we should trust Boris Johnson and now Boris Johnson believes that the virus doesn’t get busy until after 10 pm, which is evidently a good thing because then we can do what we want up until 10 pm.
But evidently, there mustn’t be more than six of you, because of course, everyone knows that it’s the seventh one, that’s the fishy one.
And now the Government knows that the virus is so clever it knows whether you’re in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales and that’s why we’ve all got different rules because that’s how intelligent it is.