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TRACKING APP GETS ISLAND TRIAL

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A NEW NHS app that tells you if you’ve come in contact with someone with coronaviru­s was due to be trialled this week on the Isle of Wight.

The ‘contact tracing’ app will alert people if they’ve been near someone who is later diagnosed with having coronaviru­s.

If they have, they could be asked to self-isolate or get tested so that, if they have caught the virus, they won’t pass it on.

Contact tracing is already being used in countries including Germany and Hong Kong, and it’s hoped it will prevent a second wave of the virus here. The Isle of Wight will be the first place the app is used before it becomes available to the rest of the UK later this month.

Remember that the best way to protect yourself and other people is by staying home, and washing your hands regularly and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. For the latest, most accurate health advice, see: tinyurl.com/whocv2019 www.gov.uk/health-and-social-care

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