Sajid Javid’s Department of Health and Social Care has said that they will not be releasing data regarding the number of Britons who have switched off the contract tracing app. Political commentators expect that the Government’s refusal to divulge this information rests on the fact that the number of Britons still using the app is embarrassingly low.
A huge 38 percent of Express.co.uk poll voters never downloaded the NHS app in the first place according to a poll of 1,364 people held between 8pm August 10 and 3.30pm August 12.
Another 20 percent of participants said that they deleted the app over a month ago, and 17 percent said they deleted the app recently.
One reader said: “I downloaded it as it was often required to visit restaurants, but I deleted it as soon as I heard that MP’s were. If the MP’s are not practising what they preach, why should I?”
Another reader added: “I just ignore it.
“What’s the point when you can get pinged through a wall with no possibility of infection?”
Only 25 percent of voters said they still have the app, meaning a shocking 75 percent of voters have either never had the app or deleted it.
When asked what percentage of the mobile phone owning population still has the app, 76 percent of voters said less than half.
A voter commented: “It wouldn’t work on my Nokia 6110.”
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The app is suspected to have lost popularity and public trust after it created a ‘pingdemic’, whereby thousands of people had to isolate unnecessarily even though they were testing negative and had no symptoms.
In mid-July more than half a million people in the UK were pinged in a single week and huge numbers of people were losing income from having to isolate for up to 10 days.
A significant, 40 percent of voters said that they knew someone who has lost pay from being pinged, whilst 51 percent did not, and nine percent were not sure whether they knew someone who had taken a financial hit from being pinged by the app.
Some employers, however, did offer sick pay for those who had to isolate as a result of being pinged.
One reader wrote: “I still use it just to get paid holidays and until they get rid I will carry on abusing it.”
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Politicians and scientists said the test-and-trace scheme would be ‘world-class’ when it was launched in September 2020, but it appears to have flopped over the last few months.
The NHS app was ‘not effective at all’ in tackling the spread of Covid, according to 40 percent of voters.
While 30 percent of voters said it was ‘not very effective’ in tackling the spread, 22 percent of people said it was ‘fairly effective’, and 8 percent thought it was ‘very effective’.
In its first month of launch, the NHS test and trace app was downloaded by approximately 16.5 million people and has now accumulatively been downloaded by over 26.8 million during the last 11 months.