Do you need the NHS Covid app by law? Latest as ‘pingdemic’ continues

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The NHS faces severe pressure from the latest Covid outbreak in the UK, currently infecting 50,000 people daily. The Test and Trace app is swiftly reporting contacts, with half a million notified last week. These notifications mean people have to take time off work, causing food and labour shortages.

Do you need the NHS Covid app by law?

The NHS app is currently proving its vital place in the UK’s Covid-ridden society.

While many people will find it a nuisance, the requests for self-isolation could prevent thousands of new cases.

Those who have an exemption from self-isolation can delete the app if they need, however.

The NHS states it is not mandatory and that people can delete “whenever you want”.

Those who delete it from their smartphones will no longer receive alerts or notifications required for suppressing Covid infections.

And many people have done just that, as data shows Brits are deleting the app at a rising rate.

Anger at the “pingdemic” has allegedly left one in four disenchanted with the app.

A post-Freedom Day survey conducted by pollsters J L Partners for The Daily Mail questioned 1,021 people from England, Wales and Scotland.

They found 23 percent of people have deleted the app so far or turned it off.

Another 18 percent – or one in five – have ditched it after Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak announced they had enrolled in a “pilot study” that allowed them to avoid isolating.

A further 24 percent said they have considered abandoning the app since Freedom Day on July 19.

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As people abandon the app in droves, experts have attempted to explain why.

Allyson Pollock, professor of public health at the University of Newcastle, told the i paper there is no “trust” left in the system.

She said “of course” people have taken to deleting the app because of this, adding symptomatic testing has proven ineffective.

Professor Pollock explained people alerted as contacts have suffered “unnecessary isolation and economic loss and loss of schooling and education”.

The JL Partners poll also found a 62 percent of people believe the Prime Minister and Chancellor made the public less likely to observe isolation rules.

Another 72 percent believed it would lead to more people breaking away from the app.

Mr Sunak and Mr Johnson eventually decided to follow the rules and self-isolate.

They will have to remain at home until July 26.

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