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.

Letter: Concerns Coronavirus Contact Tracing App could bring false sense of confidence

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This reader shares a Letter sent to Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, in which explains his concerns about the prospect of a contact tracking App being launched on the Island

Monday, 4th May, 2020 11:42am

By Anonymous with 2 readers' comments

Coronavirus Contact Tracing App is ‘an amazing opportunity for the Isle of Wight’, says council leader

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Isle of Wight council leader, Dave Stewart, says he believes the Coronavirus Contact Tracing App piloting on the Island “is an amazing opportunity”, and one he knows residents “will join with me in embracing”

Monday, 4th May, 2020 7:46am

By Sally Perry with 31 readers' comments

Minister confirms Isle of Wight is Coronavirus Contact Tracing and Tracking App pilot area for UK

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First floated as an idea by Dave Stewart at the end of last month (Listen to our podcast with him) - Grant Shapps has now confirmed to Sky News the NHSX Coronavirus contact tracing app will "go into testing this week on the Isle of Wight"

Sunday, 3rd May, 2020 10:11am

By Sally Perry with 44 readers' comments

NHSX Coronavirus Contact Tracing App: What is it and how it would work on the Isle of Wight

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If the Isle of Wight got the NHSX Coronavirus Contact Tracing App, how would it work, what will it mean and why do they say it is needed? News OnTheWight seeks answers for you

Wednesday, 29th April, 2020 10:08am

By Simon Perry with 24 readers' comments

Isle of Wight will be UK’s first full-scale Coronavirus Test and Trace area claims Telegraph (updated)

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Last week OnTheWight interviewed Dave Stewart about the potential for the Isle of Wight being first UK area to have large-scale Coronavirus Test and Trace. Last night The Telegraph claimed they’d seen an NHS document confirming it.

Wednesday, 29th April, 2020 8:09am

By Sally Perry with 43 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Lib Dem leader says Island should embrace contact tracing to reduce spread of Covid-19

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Nick Stuart believes the Isle of Wight could be the first to embrace contact tracing in the fight against Coronavirus and act as a showcase for best practice

Thursday, 23rd April, 2020 8:34am

By Nick Stuart with 7 readers' comments

‘Islanders are not guinea pigs’: Politicians hit back at pitch to use Isle of Wight as Covid-19 testing and mobile tracking pilot (update 3)

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Not everyone has reacted positively to the Isle of Wight Conservatives' pitch for the Island to be a ‘potential pilot for testing a community’ for Coronavirus. A petition has been launched

Wednesday, 22nd April, 2020 12:05pm

By Sally Perry with 29 readers' comments

Whole of Isle of Wight could be tested for Coronavirus – a first in UK – if Dave Stewart’s pilot pitch succeeds (podcast)

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Dave Stewart, IW Council leader, is pitching to the Government for the Isle of Wight to be the first area in the country to test the whole community for Covid-19 - and use a mobile App to show C19 status. OnTheWight has a podcast with him on the details

Tuesday, 21st April, 2020 10:58am

By Sally Perry with 24 readers' comments