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UK Covid live news: ‘no sign’ people are deleting NHS Covid app to avoid isolating, says minister


























































Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said there is “no sign” people are deleting the NHS Covid app to avoid being told to isolate.

He told Sky News “that’s not actually the evidence” and that the government is “still seeing lots of people downloading the app”.

He did say, however, that the “sensitivity” of the app is being kept under constant review.

Shapps said it was important that it remained a “useful tool” in the fight against the disease amid concerns about the increasing numbers of people being “pinged” as restrictions are eased.

He said:


As the overall nationwide levels for things like the amount of social distancing and other rules are looked at so we will look at the way that app performs with regard to the new standards being in place.

We keep a very close eye on those things. I did speak to the health secretary about it yesterday. He is very aware of this and we will keep it under constant review because we want the app to be a useful tool in our armoury.

We will keep the sensitivity of it under review with the new guidelines that come in on July 19.

I’m Nicola Slawson and I’ll be taking you through the day’s events today. Do drop me an email on nicola.slawson@theguardian.com or find me on Twitter (@Nicola_Slawson) if you think I’ve missed anything or if you have any questions.

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