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 blueprint for national rollout, says MP

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Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, says the Island rollout of the Contact Tracing App will be a blueprint for a national launch

Monday, 11th May, 2020 7:01am

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

Committee on Human Rights say NHS Contact Tracing App must not be released to the public without privacy protections

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Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights have today said that because the NHS Contact Tracing App involves ‘unprecedented data gathering’, there must be robust legal protection for individuals around how the data that is gathered. Full details within

Thursday, 7th May, 2020 9:26pm

By Sally Perry with 26 readers' comments

Are there more Islanders out and about after Contact Tracing App launch? Some say so

Stay at home message from UK Government

On the day the much-spoken-about Contact Tracing App launches on the Isle of Wight, OnTheWight are told of more traffic and people out and about. What’s your experience?

Thursday, 7th May, 2020 3:41pm

By Sally Perry with 38 readers' comments

Contact Tracing App: Watch how to download, set-up and use

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For Islanders who have not yet downloaded the Contract Tracing App, OnTheWight has produced a short video of how to download, set-up and use it

Wednesday, 6th May, 2020 5:45pm

By Sally Perry with 15 readers' comments

‘Where the Isle of Wight leads, Britain follows’ Hancock quote T-shirts already available – Money goes to new youth project, Brave Island

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Matt Hancock saying “Where the Isle of Wight leads, Britain follows” to the nation was somewhat surprising. Now it’s on a T-shirt! Wear it with pride and have a warm fuzzy feeling as all proceeds go towards a new youth programme called Brave Island

Wednesday, 6th May, 2020 10:12am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

NHSX Contact Tracing App: In-depth explanation of how it works is available

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These in-depth, detailed explanations of how the NHSX Contact Tracing App actually works (from head of the NCSC) seek to settle people’s minds on privacy concerns. Have a read - Has it helped convince you?

Wednesday, 6th May, 2020 9:24am

By Simon Perry with 2 readers' comments

How will success of Contact Tracing App be measured? asks Isle of Wight Green Party’s Vix Lowthion

Do you have a temperature screen on the contact tracing App

The Isle of Wight Green Party spokesperson, Vix Lowthion, has asked the Government how they will be measuring the success of the ‘test, track and trace’ programme launched on the Island this week

Tuesday, 5th May, 2020 4:45pm

By Sally Perry with 35 readers' comments

Isle of Wight politicians react to news of Coronavirus Contact Tracing App launch

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Isle of Wight politicians share their views on the introduction of the Coronavirus Contact Tracing App

Tuesday, 5th May, 2020 4:10pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Coronavirus ‘test, track and trace plan’ launched on Isle of Wight: The official word

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Following OnTheWight's several reports on the new Coronavirus Contact Tracing App, here's the official word from the Isle of Wight council

Tuesday, 5th May, 2020 8:51am

By IW Council Press Office with 47 readers' comments

Coronavirus Contact Tracing App on the Isle of Wight: What you need to know

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A media briefing this morning set out how the App will work, who is expected to use it and what impact it will have on stopping the spread of Coronavirus on the Isle of Wight

Monday, 4th May, 2020 5:03pm

By Sally Perry with 27 readers' comments

How to setup and use NHSX Coronavirus Contact Tracing App (Updated with HowTo video)

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Everyone wants to know how to setup and use the NHSX Coronavirus Contact Tracing App one it becomes available. Here is all the detail that you’ll need

Monday, 4th May, 2020 5:00pm

By Simon Perry with 7 readers' comments

FAQ: NHSX Contact Tracing App (Updated)

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This is a whole new world for all of us - Using an App to track which other phones we’ve been near and how that can contribute to reducing the spread of Coronavirus. Here’s a list of the most important questions and answers. If you have more, let us know in the comments

Monday, 4th May, 2020 5:00pm

By Simon Perry with 8 readers' comments