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Short Update: COVID-19 tracing app launched in England and Wales

FairTrialsAdmin - September 24, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Surveillance, New criminal offences

On 24 September, a COVID-19 tracing app was launched across England and Wales with the hope it will play a key role in bringing down the surging infection rate.  

The app uses Bluetooth technology to monitor contacts and alert a user if they have been exposed to the virus by coming into contact with an infected person. A QR code scanning feature also allows people to check-in to venues they visit and share their contact details for tracing efforts. Its use is voluntary. Results from other countries already using similar apps have been mixed. 

New restrictions came also into effect on 24 September, including a 10pm hospitality curfew and extending the compulsory use of face coverings for hospitality and retail staff. As of 28 September, those who refuse to self-isolate or break their quarantine period early face fines between £1,000 and £10,000 in England. 

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