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Call to tweak NHS app to end ‘pingdemic'

Created on 20/07/2021 @ 09:47


As businesses in the Welshpool area continue to struggle due to staff shortages caused by self-isolation, the local Assembly Member has called for urgent tweaks to be made to the NHS app.

A local wave of Covid-19 has particularly hit under 29 age group, leaving scores off work after being ‘pinged’ by the NHS app due to close contacts with infected people.

Now, Welsh Conservative Shadow Health spokesman, Russell George MS, who represents Montgomeryshire, has called on governments to implement changes to isolation rules and the NHS Test and Trace app.

He has called for both the Welsh and UK Governments to work together to implement changes.

“We have made great strides with our vaccination programme and the restoration of many freedoms, but our vital public services and economic recovery could be severely hampered by a potential ‘ping-demic’,” he said.

“The sensitivity of the NHS app and isolation rules across the UK need an immediate review as it is somewhat bizarre double-vaccinated individuals, some who’ve also already had Covid, are being forced to isolate.

“The 10-day self-isolation period for people who have received both jabs needs to come to an end, and a system implemented for those not yet fully vaccinated.

“In Wales, this will require a joined-up approach and I implore both the Welsh and UK Governments to work together immediately so changes can be implemented with pace so our recovery does not ground to a halt.”

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