The NHS Covid-19 app has been updated to try to reduce the number of people pinging.
Currently, the app sends isolation notices to close contacts of people five days before they test positive, but according to public health advice, it will be updated to two days before a positive test.
It means that those who have been pinged by the app will only have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive over the past two days. The government hopes this will reduce the number of people who are told to isolate themselves by the application.
During the week of July 15-21, the app told more than 600,000 people to isolate themselves.
The update does not affect the sensitivity of the app, which still detects close contacts that were less than two meters away for more than 15 minutes.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “We want to reduce the disruption that self-isolation can cause to people and businesses, while ensuring that we protect those most at risk from this virus. This application update it will help us ensure a proper balance.
“It’s so important that people isolate themselves when asked to stop the spread of the virus and protect their communities.”
Oxford University’s independent analysis suggests that the application avoided up to 2,000 cases of Covid-19 a day during the first three weeks of July (or 50,000 cases in total) according to 60% of instructions. of insulation.
Approximately 40% of those who can use the app use it regularly, and approximately 50% of all tests reported using the tool are entered.
Official figures show that 678,102 people were said to be isolated by the NHS Covid-19 application the week of July 15 to July 21, bringing the total number of isolation alerts to more than four millions since the app was launched.
More than 145,000 positive tests were introduced into the application in the same time period, along with 266,000 negative tests.
The government urges people to continue using the app. According to a statement from the Department of Health and Social Welfare, it is the fastest way to know if they have been at risk and users will only be advised to isolate themselves if they have come in contact with someone who has tested positive. Cure.
From 16 August, fully vaccinated contacts in England will be exempt from isolation and will instead be advised to undergo a PCR test.
The government recently announced 16 sectors that can exclude key quarantine workers if they are applied by the NHS Covid-19 application, in favor of conducting our daily tests.