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.

Isle of Wight Contact Tracing App preparing ‘bigger update’ next week

Do you have a temperature screen on the contact tracing App

Even though Anosmia was announced two weeks ago by the Gov as a new Coronavirus symptom to look out for, it has still not been added to the IW Contact Tracing App. The head of data at NHS gives their reason as to why

Saturday, 30th May, 2020 11:26am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Why are questions about Isle of Wight Covid testing and Contact Tracing App not being answered? (updated)

man with face mask saying shh

Islanders were told we were doing something for the country by trialling the App, so why are we now not getting answers to questions of public interest?

Thursday, 28th May, 2020 12:45pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, gives two-week report card on Contact Tracing App

Bob Seely - Writing his acceptance speech?

Bob Seely says the App remains an important part of the trace and test programme. "It is not, and never has been, a stand-alone project, but is part of the wider three-pronged approach," he says

Wednesday, 20th May, 2020 6:31pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 20 readers' comments

What have the Government learnt from Isle of Wight Contact Tracing App? Minister gives at least a partial answer

House of lords

Questions were asked about the Isle of Wight Contact App trial in the House of Lords last night, giving us an insight into some of what they have learnt

Wednesday, 20th May, 2020 10:00am

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Bishop of Portsmouth asks Government to recognise how Isle of Wight residents serving the nation by trialling Covid-19 App

The Rt Rev Christopher Foster was speaking in a virtual session of the House of Lords and directed his question at the minister from the Department of Health and Social Care.

Monday, 18th May, 2020 4:44pm

By Neil Pugmire with 4 readers' comments

Letters arrive asking Isle of Wight residents to complete Covid-19 App survey

woman using a laptop computer

Islanders are urged to take part in the survey once they receive a letter from the Government, but some tell News OnTheWight they have experienced problems getting onto the survey site

Monday, 18th May, 2020 8:07am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Contact Tracing App: Isle of Wight’s experiences to be shared with Government

Dave Stewart - screen from contact tracing app and Bob Seely

Isle of Wight MP and council leader, Bob and Dave, have written to the Government outlining their experiences of being part of the rollout of the Contact Tracing App

Friday, 15th May, 2020 8:39am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 14 readers' comments

Don’t fall for Contact Tracing App scam text message

contact tracing app text scam CTSI

A text message encouraging App users to click on a link to a scam Website has been circulating. With the Isle of Wight actively trialling the App, we need to help keep each other alert to this

Thursday, 14th May, 2020 5:52pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Contact Tracing App ‘a worthwhile tool to explore’ says Chair of Ethics Advisory Board

Person holding a mobile phone to download the contact tracing app

The Ethics Advisory Board report their findings in relation to the rollout of the Contact Tracing App on the Isle of Wight. Details within

Thursday, 14th May, 2020 8:54am

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Contact Tracing App: Why it won’t work on certain phones

man using smartphone

Although there have been 55,000 downloads of the App, some Islanders have found it won't work on theirs. NHS England’s chief data officer explains why and what they are planning to do about it

Monday, 11th May, 2020 7:45am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 5 readers' comments

18,000 contact tracers recruited to work with Contact Tracing App


If you report Coronavirus symptoms through the Contact Tracing App, here's what happens

Monday, 11th May, 2020 7:30am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 7 readers' comments

Contact Tracing App: Over 55,000 downloads in less than a week

man showing another mobile phone

NHS England’s chief data officer, Dr Geraint Lewis, says he is overwhelmed by the number of downloads of the Contact Tracing App. Details within

Monday, 11th May, 2020 7:21am

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 3 readers' comments