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UK test and trace system is on course for June 1 – health minister

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Britain's health minister said the health service's COVID-19 smartphone app was working on the Isle of Wight, where it is being trialled, and the country's test and trace operation would be ready to launch on June 1 when the lockdown is further eased.

Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock holds the daily coronavirus disease news conference at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain May 21, 2020. Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS

22 May 2020 01:15AM
(Updated: 22 May 2020 01:15AM)

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LONDON: Britain's health minister said the health service's COVID-19 smartphone app was working on the Isle of Wight, where it is being trialled, and the country's test and trace operation would be ready to launch on June 1 when the lockdown is further eased.

"We are absolutely clear that the test and trace system needs to be in place, and that is on track for delivery on 1 June," Matt Hancock said on Thursday.

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"The app is working in the Isle of Wight. We want to make sure this whole system lands well and supports the ability safely to make changes to social distancing rules."

Britain's tracing coordinator John Newton said the app would complement conventional contact-tracing, which waRead More – Source