NHS coronavirus app to launch in England and Wales on 24 September

Businesses urged to display QR codes so customers can check in to enable contact tracing

The UK government’s Covid contact-tracing app will finally launch in England and Wales on 24 September, the government has announced, more than four months later than initially promised.

Currently being trialled in the Isle of Wight and the east London borough of Newham, the app was redeveloped entirely over the summer to adopt a framework created by Apple and Google, after an initial attempt to build an independent one failed to deliver reliable performance on iPhones.

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