Covid App Sends 600,000 Brits into Self-Quarantine in A Week
The NHQ Covid-19 app, the UK version of Coronalert, advised more than half a million people to self-quarantine between July 8 and 15.
The number of alerts in the app was 618,903 that week. This is because so many people in the areas of England and Wales are basically in self-isolation. That’s a solid 17 percent increase from the previous week and one that’s also impacting businesses as there are looming worker shortages.
The ‘pingdemic’ as the British newspapers call it, seems to be mainly related to the third wave of infections. For example, on July 8, the United Kingdom had about 32,000 new infections per day. If so many people test positive, it is also logical that more people contact an infected person. In addition, the self-isolation rules in the UK seem pretty confusing.
People who are fully vaccinated (about 70% in the UK) have to be quarantined after a contact registered by the app, something they don’t have to do when coming back from a red zone, for example. The rule for Track and Trace contacts is expected to be removed on August 16. The ‘ping’ of the app to isolate is a piece of advice, not a commandment.
The number of infections in the United Kingdom has been rising sharply for several weeks. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns that the increase could continue after he cancelled a whole series of corona measures earlier this week.