UK coronavirus live: England and Wales to launch Covid-19 app this month

Contact tracing app set to launch 24 September; stricter rules across UK come as a study finds Covid causing social divides

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The Covid-19 app will be launched across England and Wales on 24 September, the Department of Health and Social Care said.

Before its introduction businesses including pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas are being urged to ensure they have NHS QR code posters visible on entry so customers who have downloaded the new app can use their smartphones to check in.

QR codes provide an easy and simple way to collect contact details to support the NHS Test and Trace system.

Hospitality businesses can now download posters for their premises ahead of the launch of the NHS Covid-19 app. This will allow the public to seamlessly check in to venues using the app when it launches.

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

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Grassroots campaigners for EU nationals in the UK and Britons in Europe have expressed fears that they too could be hit by a government U-turn on the Brexit deal.

They say that Boris Johnson’s willingness to backtrack on the Northern Ireland protocol he agreed in January undermines trust that he will stick with the other core parts of the deal in the future including the section on citizens’ rights.

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