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Coronavirus: Greater London

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 13th May 2020.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to include (a) Harrow, (b) Barnet and (c) Brent in any future contact tracing pilot to tackle covid-19; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

We are developing a new test and trace programme. This will bring together an app, expanded web and phone-based contact tracing, and swab testing for those with potential COVID-19 symptoms.

The first phase of the National Health Service COVID-19 app rollout is taking place on the Isle of Wight. This will ensure the app is functioning as expected and will help us to see how it works best alongside the existing web and phone-based systems and to ensure that it dovetails with the testing programme. National rollout is expected from mid-May. There are no specific plans for Harrow, Barnet and Brent.

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