Key workers in Isle of Wight to trial NHS tracing app

An NHS app that aims to track the spread of coronavirus is being rolled out for the first time, as part of a trial on the Isle of Wight.

Council and healthcare workers will be the first to try the contact-tracing app, with the rest of the island able to download it from Thursday (7 May).

If the trial is successful, it could be available nationwide within weeks.

The app aims to quickly trace recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for the virus.

It is part of the government’s strategy for coming out of lockdown, which aims to have widespread testing and contact tracing in place to monitor and reduce any future outbreaks.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said if the trial is successful, the app will be rolled out nationwide by the middle of May.