England, Wales to launch contact-tracing app in 2 weeks

App will detect smartphones within 2-metre distance

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: The Private Kit mobile app, which aims to help authorities with contact tracing efforts to curb the spread of a novel coronavirus, seen on a phone in this picture illustration taken April 9, 2020. REUTERS/Paresh Dave/Illustration/File Photo/File Photo

A new Covid-19 contact-tracing app will be launched across England and Wales on 24 September, the government has announced.

The app will work by allowing people to scan QR codes when visiting hospitality venues and will implement Apple and Google’s method of detecting other smartphones within a 2-metre distance.

Businesses are being asked to display QR code posters to support the app.

The first version of the NHS contact-tracing app, intended for the whole of the UK, was abandoned after a trial run in May.

The app is still raising concerns, since a fault in the software can lead to people being mistakenly quarantined.

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