The UK authorities have confirmed plans to create an application that will warn users that they have recently been in close proximity to a person who may be infected with the coronavirus. Health Secretary Matthew Hancock announced this at a daily pandemic press briefing.
As it became known to the BBC, the unit for digital innovation in the field of health next week will test a preliminary version of the software. The functionality of the software is that people who have signs of coronavirus, and those whose test is positive, report this inside a special form. The application automatically tracks their contacts with other people.
As Hancock explained, the program will divide all users into “green”, “yellow” and “red” groups. If a user reports signs of a coronavirus, they will be assigned a “yellow status”, and users who have contacted him will be sent push notifications.
If a medical test confirms that the user is really infected, then his status will change to “red”. He and the people who contacted him should observe strict quarantine and report this to medical services.
To avoid misinformation about a positive test result, the user will have to enter a verification code, which he will receive along with the results of the analyzes. Using the application will be voluntary for now.