Coronavirus UK LIVE: Deaths hit 28,650 as NHS contact tracing app to be tested this week

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MATT Hancock has called on people from the Isle of Wight to download a new app to track and trace coronavirus in a pilot that will go live tomorrow. 

The Health Secretary confirmed that the pilot of the NHS app to track people with the bug would go live tomorrow for healthcare workers.

He told the nation at the press briefing tonight: “Islanders know that participating in this pilot, they are at the forefront of getting Britain back on its feet.

“Where the Isle of Wight goes, Britain follows.”

80,000 households will get a letter from the island’s chief nurse about information on how to install the app on their smartphones.

Bluetooth tech will let anyone know if they have been in contact with someone who had virus symptoms.

Anyone who starts to feel ill will let the NHS know via the app, and it will contact others they have seen.

Test ordering functions will be built in too.

The Health Secretary said the new app and tracing system would help “get the R rate down and keep the R rate down” and ensure widespread transmission stays low.

The UK remains one of the worst-hit countries in the world as the coronavirus death toll increased to 28,650 on Monday.

Piers Morgan announced on Twitter today that he tested negative for Covid-19 and will be returning to Good Morning Britain once doctors give him the green light.

The nation is now waiting with baited breath for an announcement on lockdown restrictions, which are set to be reviewed on May 7.

Michael Gove said on Sunday a roadmap on easing the lockdown in the UK that will be presented next week is “comprehensive”, and suggested restrictions could be eased in a localised manner.

He said: “A phased approach will allow us to phase in measures and pause or reintroduce those restrictions that might be required in local areas to cope with the disease”.

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