Coronavirus Contact Tracing App

The NHSX Coronavirus Contact Tracing App was piloted on the Isle of Wight in May 2020, ahead of its planned general release across the country.

The idea was first mooted by Isle of Wight council (IWC) leader, Dave Stewart, in an interview with News OnTheWight, where he explained the IWC had put the Island forward as one of the first places to be used for the Government pilot.

On 18 June 2020 the UK Government announced they were scrapping the IW-trialed App and the centralised approach. It was revealed that the iPhone version barely worked, with only 4% of them being detectable. Instead, development of a new version using the Apple/Google decentralised approach is being pursued.

In August 2020, the Government launched a new version of the App, once again initially trialed on the Isle of Wight.

Below are articles which mention the Contact Tracing App or Test and Trace App.

Legal requirement for some businesses to display QR code and record contact details or face fines of up to £10,000 (updated)

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From today it is a legal requirement for businesses to have NHS QR code posters visible to customers on entry

Thursday, 24th September, 2020 5:26pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Why is Isle of Wight now on medium Covid-19 risk? No one seems to know exactly. Even Government unable pinpoint reason

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With the risk factor increasing from low to medium on the Test and Trace App, News OnTheWight sought clarification from the Isle of Wight council as to why this was happening. Here’s what they told us

Thursday, 24th September, 2020 10:43am

By Sally Perry with 16 readers' comments

Islanders thanked for trialing Test and Trace App, but still no sign of stats

woman in street using mobile phone

The Government still haven't released stats about the usage of the App during the Isle of Wight trial, but thank Islanders for their part

Thursday, 24th September, 2020 9:21am

By IW Council Press Office with 6 readers' comments

Coronavirus area risk level rises to Medium on Isle of Wight Test and Trace App (update 2)

medium risk level notice on App

Isle of Wight residents running the Isle of Wight Test and Trace App had a notification on their phone today that the ‘Area risk level’ changed from low to Medium. This is what we know so far

Wednesday, 23rd September, 2020 5:35pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely also being stonewalled from getting information on v2 of Test and Trace App usage

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News OnTheWight had to resort to asking Bob Seely to get usage numbers on the v2 Test and Trace App, after being stonewalled by the Government team. Twenty days later, on the eve of the National rollout, even our MP can’t get them.

Wednesday, 23rd September, 2020 8:35am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Test and Trace App to be rolled out nationally, but how well has it performed on the Isle of Wight?

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The App will be rolled out nationally in two weeks time, but the team behind it are still failing to answer very simple public interest questions about its IW uptake/use - even the MP seems to be blocked from the answers

Friday, 11th September, 2020 3:02pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

v2 Test and Trace App: Still no answers, so we’ve had to resort to asking Bob Seely MP for help getting them

Two screens of the V2 Test and trace App

These are public interest questions - as Islanders are being asked to take part, it’s only right that they are kept informed of its progress

Monday, 7th September, 2020 10:14am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Test and Trace App to be rolled out to Isle of Wight tourists

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The Test and Trace App Team still haven't provided stats on how many Islanders are using the App and now plan to rollout to visitors coming to the Island for the bank holiday

Wednesday, 26th August, 2020 2:15pm

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments

Why is the new Test and Trace App team being so shy about the v2 App’s take up?

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In a case of Deja Vu, the new Test and Trace App team are not providing answers to News OnTheWight’s three simple questions about the take-up of the v2 App. Why be so shy about its take up?

Monday, 24th August, 2020 6:26pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Letter: Here are the new features of the Test and Trace App and how they will help tackle Covid-19

woman in street using mobile phone

The MD of the new Test and Trace App explains the new features of the App and why he believes the Island should embrace it

Friday, 21st August, 2020 3:20pm

By Simon Thompson with 4 readers' comments

2nd Test and Trace App on the Isle of Wight: Video of how it works and official wording from Government

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This demo video shows how the new Test and trace app being rolled out on the Isle of Wight works

Thursday, 13th August, 2020 1:08pm

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

Second Coronavirus App gets Isle of Wight launch for Test and Trace (updated)

Woman with painted nails and fancy watch using a mobile phone Paul Hanaoka

The Isle of Wight has again been chosen as a testing ground for the new Test and Trace Coronavirus App. This time it’s going to work in a different way

Thursday, 13th August, 2020 11:00am

By Sally Perry with 17 readers' comments