Pingdemic: England’s covid app sent half a million exposure notifications in a week – The Washington Post (Me: Next move by Brits? Ignore or get smart – again – about killer pandemic???!!!)

Employers in Britain are raising fears that a “pingdemic” could cause a major economic disruption this summer, after more than half a million people in a single week were pinged by the government’s contact-tracing app, alerting them they may have been exposed to the coronavirus and should stay home for up to 10 days.

Already, factories, pubs, restaurants and schools are reporting staff shortages resulting from quarantine guidance, which in England and Wales, for at least another month, still applies to people who are fully vaccinated.

New figures published this week show the National Health Service covid-19 app sent more than 520,000 exposure notifications between July 1 and 7 — up 46 percent from the previous week and a record high. The app, which has been downloaded more than 26 million times, was not in as widespread use during previous waves of the virus in Britain. But the numbers still reflect a high level of community spread. On Friday, the United Kingdom reported 51,870 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily figure in six months.

Source: Pingdemic: England’s covid app sent half a million exposure notifications in a week – The Washington Post