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West Berkshire residents urged to 'do their bit' and download app

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The British government estimates less than 10,000 people a day are contracting COVID-19, health minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday, less than during the pandemic's peak, even as numbers testing positive have risen to similar levels. Is there a proportion of the population that you need for this to work?'

"I encourage all Pennsylvanians to download the app on a personal mobile device to help in the fight against covid-19", Wolf said in a statement.

The roll-out of the app in Wales coincides with a national campaign around how people in Wales can best support the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect programme, including only getting a test if they are showing symptoms; self-isolating when required; and working with local contact tracers if they are contacted.

NHS Test and Trace, which is responsible for the service, said the app was used to send alerts to users during a trial period on the Isle of Wight and in the London borough of Newham, after people had tested positive.

NHS officials initially rejected the Apple-Google contact tracing system because it stored data in a decentralized manner.

"The more people who have the app, the more effective it will be in terms of this notification process", Levine said of COVID Alert PA in August.

Across England 64pc of non-complex close contacts were reached and told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace in the week to September 9. Two phones that come into close proximity, around 2m for 15 minutes, are matched anonymously.

Downloading the app will provide instructions on making sure notifications are enabled and the feature is functional.

Once widespread, the mandatory venue QR codes will also effectively double as free ads for the app so that could help drive downloads.

And if you do find yourself needing to isolate, the app has a countdown function that will tell you when you are safe to resume your normal daily life. Picture: NHS How does the app help the NHS?

The government then abandoned plans to build the app itself and instead relied on software provided by Google and Apple. Latest stats show 94% of cases are being successfully contacted.

The less people infected, the less strain will be placed on the NHS and other key workers.

The new app will be available to those aged 16 years and above in multiple languages, including Indian languages such as Punjabi, Gujarati and Bengali.

He added: "We have worked extensively with tech companies, worldwide partners, and privacy and medical experts - and learned from the trials - to develop an app that is secure, simple to use and will help keep our country safe". It requires a device running iOS 13.5 or Android 6.0 or later.

Is the app secure?

It uses Apple and Google's built-in Bluetooth technology, designed so that nobody will know who or where users are.

Any data shared with the app is only held on your phone, so if you decide to delete the app (which you can do at any time), all the data is deleted as well.

Contact-tracing apps use Bluetooth signals to perform "digital handshakes" between smartphones.

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