NHS Test and Trace ‘pinged’ neighbors through their home’s wall, instructing them to self-isolate.
According to allegations, the NHS Test and Trace app has been ‘pinging’ people through their walls, encouraging them to self-isolate.
It’s thought that the NHS app’s Bluetooth signal is strong enough to penetrate walls and inform those who haven’t had direct contact with the coronavirus to self-isolate for up to 10 days. More than half a million warnings were sent using the Test and Trace App last week.
This is more than ten times the number issued in the week preceding June 2.
The NHS app will now be reviewed in order to reduce the number of people who are compelled to self-isolate.
“We are hearing anecdotal incidents, and we do know that the signal can travel through walls, though it is weakened,” a Whitehall insider told The Telegraph.
The trade union Unite has even warned that the app is wreaking chaos on the factory floor.
“It is evident that something has to be done in time for July 19, or else people will just start deleting the app en masse to prevent isolation notices,” Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner warned.
Rolls Royce has also stated that company is having difficulty dealing with the large number of employees who have been told to self-isolate.
Torsten Muller-Otvos, Rolls Royce’s CEO, stated that the company is “on the verge of a grave situation” and that the company is not ruling out the possibility of shutting down production.
However, it isn’t just Rolls Royce and Unite that have been impacted.
Staff absenteeism in NHS hospitals are said to be as high as 25%, and public transportation services are now routinely cancelled or delayed due to a shortage of drivers.
The government appears to be growing concerned about the number of people who have been compelled to self-isolate as a result of the app.
“We are concerned about absenteeism as a result of being pinged, for example,” Communities and Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick told LBC listeners. One of the reasons we need to transition to a more balanced strategy is because of this.”
“I’m not going to pre-empt what the government will be announcing in the next weeks,” the Cabinet minister continued.
According to polling, one in every five adults in the UK has already removed the NHS Test and Trace app to avoid self-isolation.
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