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.

What is it about the Government hiding the results of the Isle of Wight Contact Tracing App trial?

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It appears that it’s not just news publications that are being kept away from answers to what seem like simple questions about the Isle of Wight Contact Tracing App trial. Here’s an exchange from Parliament yesterday

Friday, 10th July, 2020 5:49pm

By Simon Perry with 10 readers' comments

New Covid-19 testing data comes to light, explaining previous small rise in confirmed cases during App rollout

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If you were wondering why the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases did not increase much during the roll out of the Contact Tracing App - despite 1,765 people being notified via it - this is why.

Thursday, 2nd July, 2020 2:37pm

By IW Council Press Office with 11 readers' comments

Cost of Contact Tracing App and how many users notified finally revealed

Person holding a mobile phone to download the contact tracing app

In response to written questions about the Contact Tracing App, Lord Bethell was able to give development costs and the number of people who'd been notified via it

Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 1:44pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Apple and Google deny knowledge of UK Government working with them on Contact Tracing App

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The Department of Health told the BBC they've been "working with Google and Apple extensively". Apple and Google say the first they heard of it was at Matt Hancock's briefing last week

Tuesday, 23rd June, 2020 2:19pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Share your views on the Isle of Wight Contact Tracing App with University Researchers (updated)

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Whether you downloaded it or not, University Researchers are keen to hear your experiences and thoughts about the Isle of Wight Contact Tracing App. Details within

Thursday, 18th June, 2020 6:51pm

By Sally Perry

96 per cent of iPhones were not detectable by Isle of Wight Covid-19 App

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If you were running the IW Covid-19 App on an iPhone, your handset had very little chance of being detected, it's now been revealed. Details of how and why are within. If that was you - What’s your reaction?

Thursday, 18th June, 2020 6:50pm

By Simon Perry with 10 readers' comments

Official: The Isle of Wight Covid-19 App and its centralised approach has been killed (update 3)

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The NHS digital team will now be working with Google and Apple to develop an App that uses learning from the Isle of Wight

Thursday, 18th June, 2020 3:41pm

By Sally Perry with 23 readers' comments

Ding Dong the (current Covid-19) App seems to be Dead! (update 2)

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The BBC are reporting the current Contact Tracing App is being abandoned. Your thoughts?

Thursday, 18th June, 2020 2:23pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Contact Tracing App no longer ‘a priority’ says Minister

Person holding a mobile phone to download the contact tracing app

Isle of Wight users of the Contact Tracing App are still trialling a version that doesn't even include symptoms which should have been added four weeks ago

Thursday, 18th June, 2020 8:28am

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Contact Tracing App update delay: Ministers now considering a different approach

Person holding a mobile phone to download the contact tracing app

We’ve now discovered, just by chance, that the Government quietly shelved the promised second version of the IW Tracing App - First we’d heard of it. That aside, here are details of a change of approach they’re considering

Thursday, 11th June, 2020 9:20am

By Sally Perry with 12 readers' comments

Seely’s Seaview BBQ lockdown breach: The public react (updated)

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Breach of his own government’s own guidance, Bob Seely attended a BBQ in Seaview - that we now know. Here we’ve gathered some of the public reaction, since the news broke - tl;dr: They’re not happy

Saturday, 6th June, 2020 6:42pm

By Sally Perry with 72 readers' comments

Simple questions about Isle of Wight Covid testing and Contact Tracing App still not be answered despite assurances at the highest level

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After we ran our “Why are questions about Isle of Wight Covid testing and Contact Tracing App not being answered?” piece last month, the Government heavyweights got involved, assuring News OnTheWight the numbers would be released. They haven’t. Here’s the detail of the story so far

Saturday, 6th June, 2020 11:19am

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments