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NHS contact tracing app: How does it work and when can you download it? 

Telegraph 24 Apr 2020 08:01

With Britain in lockdown, the Government has been racing to find ways to ease restrictions without putting public safety at risk.  

One solution that has been promised is a contact tracing app. The UK Government has announced the infrastructure was being put in place so that contact tracing could be rolled out on a large scale.

"As we look ahead, this is critical to keep the virus under control," Matt Hancock said on April 23.

The Health Secretary said a new NHS contact tracing app was undergoing testing.

From teams of "corona detectives", to Army cadets making thousands of calls a day, here are some of the ways countries are tracing the spread of Covid-19.

But what exactly is contract tracing, can it really help lift the lockdown measures, and when will it be available? 

What is it and how does it work?

A contact tracing app is designed to let people know if they have been in close contact with someone who later tests positive for Covid-19.

It has been billed as a tool that could help pinpoint exactly who needs to be in quarantine and who doesn’t, making it a key to easing up social distancing measures. 

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