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

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

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The UK Government have announced that the Test and Trace App, currently being trialed by residents on the Isle of Wight will be rolled out nationally on 24th September.

Launched on the Island on 13th August, at the end of the first week Managing Director of the App, Simon Thompson, claimed thousands of Islanders had installed the App on their phones – but didn’t offer any public proof.

How successful has it been?
News OnTheWight has been pursuing the stats on downloads, installs and detections since 21st August, but the Test and Trace Team have been very shy about sharing the figures.

The figures should be easily at hand, as they told us they would be keeping a keen eye on them.

Even MP blocked
It appears that even the Isle of Wight’s Conservative Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, has been locked out from receiving the stats.

News OnTheWight wrote to him eight days ago (Thursday 3rd) and asked, “Are you able to get answers to the questions below, or are they blocking you as well?”

On Friday he told us he’d, “submitted a request for the figures to the app team and will update as and when I receive them.”

Two days ago we followed up again with his office and heard from them that they were still awaiting answers and now, Friday afternoon – the day the Government announce the App will be rolled out to the country – there is still no sign of the stats.

Ignoring Islanders
As businesses across the country are being urged to prepare for the national rollout of the App, the success – or otherwise – of the trial on the Isle of Wight is still a mystery.

News OnTheWight’s questions are a matter of public interest, so why aren’t they being answered?

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Friday, 11th September, 2020 3:02pm


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10 Comments on "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 Bumbling clown Boris has lost the confidence of the Country, telling everyone to go back to work, eat out in restaurants and travel on public transport, then blaming the young for spreading the virus.

Incompetent Idiots, the lot of them.


It’s all about the money and not our health and well being and shameful.

Geoff Brodie

The numbers are being kept secret because they will undoubtedly be embarrassingly low. Opposition councillors are certainly not being given the figures at briefings.

There was a team from the App company out and about in Newport on Wednesday trying to foist promotional leaflets on businesses – even ones with clear ‘No Entry’ signs on their doors.

They didn’t even bother to tell us they’d scrapped the first app so I think expecting anything less than utter contempt this time round would be a little optimistic. Given the embarrassment caused by the fiasco last time they have to release but that doesn’t mean it actually works. I doubt we will hear anything and suspect that, despite the national rollout, the app will be allowed… Read more »

After the fiasco of the first App, which wasted all of our time, and the bumbling approach from the government to pretty much everything nowadays, I admit I couldn’t be bothered to download this latest version.

Jenny Smart

Therein sadly lies the problem.

You can fool some of the people all the time, but not all the people all of the time.

Very few people believe Boris, who is after all, a proven serial liar.

Apple released a new version of the Exposure Notifications API last week (Android release forthcoming) with iOS 13.7. The new version doesn’t even need an app installed to let you know if you’ve been exposed. It works by keeping a record of all (pseudo) bluetooth IDs it comes in close proximity to on the phone itself (so no privacy implications). If you get a positive Covid-19 test… Read more »
Give you the figures? Are you mad? It doesn’t work, simples. It’s all smoke and mirrors. The government started off rather well at the start of the pandemic answering questions but have gradually reverted to type being evasive and telling downright lies. If the App worked they would be shouting about it from the rooftops but they are only concerned about saving face having spaffed shedloads of… Read more »

My phone actually had a message saying that the ‘App’ had checked 178 times, not sure what it checked but there we go. Now can’t find anything in the App to tell me what it is or is not doing!


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