TWEAKS have been ordered to the NHS Covid app to prevent millions being needlessly pinged.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid told developers they must come up with a more “proportionate approach” amid concern over the number of people deleting it or turning off Bluetooth so they could not be tracked.
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And PM Boris Johnson yesterday urged people not to ditch the Test and Trace tool just yet.
He said: “It is coming to an end.”
More than four million could be forced into isolation within weeks.
The app sent 356,036 alerts in the week to June 30 — up 62 per cent in a week.
Currently, it pings everyone who spends 15 minutes within two metres of someone who later tests positive.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said Mr Javid understood the frustrations.
He added: “He is looking at what the most appropriate, balanced and proportionate approach to isolation is.”
And Jenny Harries, head of NHS Test and Trace, told MPs yesterday: “It’s entirely possible to tune the app to ensure that it’s appropriate to the risk.”
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