UK eyes help from Apple and Google for COVID-19 app

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On Sunday The Sunday Times reported that ministers in the United Kingdom for the NHS or National Health Service are teaming up with Google and Apple to develop an app to better track the spread of COVID-19. The report says:

Senior sources say NHSX, the health service’s technology arm, has been working on the app with Google and Apple at “breakneck speed”. The system will use Bluetooth technology to alert those who download the app if they have been in close proximity with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hanock is reportedly also investing in ways to encourage people to get the app, with one idea being those who download the app can “resume a normal life.” This week Google and Apple announced a major partnership on contact and Bluetooth tracing with brand new APIs that will be available on iOS and Android in May.

The approach the NHS seems to be taking is a much more localized approach, focused on people in the United Kingdom linked with the national database.

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