Contact Tracing: Computer Software

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th June 2020.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the population that will need to download the covid-19 test and trace app in order for it to prove effective.

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

Holding answer received on 16 June 2020

The National Health Service COVID-19 app is designed to work as part of a wider approach to testing and contact tracing that aims to benefit everyone. The app will have a positive impact at any level of uptake.

All the evidence shows that even at lower levels of use, the app can help reduce the rate of transmission - but the more people who download and use the app, the more effective it will be. We are working closely with Oxford University and The Alan Turing Institute to continue modelling effectiveness at different levels.

We are working hard to ensure alignment between the app and the traditional measures of contact tracing so that they complement each other and work together to protect vulnerable groups and those who are unable or do not wish to use digital tools.

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