18 June 2020 – Next phase of COVID-19 app for NHS Test and Trace service.

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Health, Research and Development
Intervention Categories: Surveillance and response measures; Tracing and quarantining contacts; Legal and policy; New initiatives; Planning and strategy; Creation of or release of plans
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: DHSC
NHS Test and Trace

Overview: Government admits “challenges” in producing a reliable NHS COVID-19 app and abandons plans to develop its own app, saying it will instead work with Apple & Google.
Full details here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/next-phase-of-nhs-coronavirus-covid-19-app-announced

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Type of Justification: Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report)
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – other
“Alongside the launch of this end-to-end service, extensive testing of a new contact tracing app has been undertaken, building on the initial trial phase on the Isle of Wight with a series of field tests to develop a viable product which could be introduced nationally. Through the systematic testing, a number of technical challenges were identified – including the reliability of detecting contacts on specific operating systems – which cannot be resolved in isolation with the app in its current form. “