More than 1,300 people “flagged” by the Covid app in Windsor and Maidenhead
More than 1,000 people in Windsor and Maidenhead have been contacted by the NHS Covid-19 app and asked to self-isolate in the past week, figures show.
The app is warning people that they have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.
Those contacted through the app are advised to self-isolate for up to 10 days, although there is no legal obligation to do so.
NHS figures show 1,227 people in Windsor and Maidenhead were ‘screwed’ by the Covid app in the week leading up to July 28 – the latest data available.
However, this was a decrease from the 1,924 alerts sent the previous week.
In England and Wales, nearly 396,000 alerts were sent to Covid app users in the last seven-day period – down 43% from the previous week.
There was also a significant drop in the number of registrations at sites using the app.
There were 2.4 million registrations in the week to July 28 in England and Wales – 65% fewer than in the previous seven days.
In Windsor and Maidenhead, there were 7,080 site registrations in the past week, down 69% from the previous week.
The app is being updated so that fewer contacts are asked to self-isolate, after the lifting of lockdown restrictions resulted in a huge increase in the number of people contacted – a so-called ‘pingemia’.
Health and Social Affairs Secretary Sajid Javid said the “logic” behind the application was being changed, although the sensitivity and risk threshold will remain unchanged.
Instead of checking contacts for five days before a positive test, the app will only roll back two days.
“We want to reduce the disruption that self-isolation can cause to people and businesses while ensuring that we protect those most at risk from this virus,” Mr Javid said.
âThis app update will help us strike the right balance.
âIt is so important that people isolate themselves when asked to do so in order to stop the spread of the virus and protect their communities. ”
While self-isolation is not mandatory for people ‘flagged’ by the Covid app in England, anyone contacted and asked to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service has a legal obligation to do so.
Separate figures from the Department of Health and Welfare show in Windsor and Maidenhead contact tracers told 734 close contacts of people with coronavirus to self-isolate in the week leading up to July 28.
This was down from 1,027 the previous week.
Contact tracers ask new patients to give details of anyone they have been in close contact with within 48 hours before the onset of their symptoms.
Figures show that 883 people who came in close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19 in Windsor and Maidenhead were transferred to Test and Trace in the past week.
This means that 149 contacts were not reached by the service. Figures do not include people who have been asked to isolate in specific settings such as schools and prisons.
Across England, more than 185,000 cases were transferred to the contact tracing system between July 22 and July 28, with 406,000 people identified as being in close contact with one person testing positive.