LONDON – The UK government said on Sunday it had fixed a problem with England’s COVID-19 smartphone app. The problem meant that the newly released app couldn’t accept nearly a third of the test results.
Ten million downloads of England’s COVID-19 app
“Anyone who receives a positive test result can record their result on the app,” a spokesperson for the Department of Health told Reuters. “A minority of people, such as hospital patients, who have not been able to register their positive result can now request a code when contacted by NHS Test and Trace for inclusion in their app.”
In slightly better news, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that over 10 million people have downloaded the app. The legislator described it as a “good start” but urged more people to download and use it.
Absolutely fantastic response to the @ NHSCOVID19 app: over 10 million people downloaded the app in just three days.
A good start: if you haven’t already, I recommend you download it now
– Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) September 27, 2020
Having initially resisted, the app relies on an API developed by Apple and Google.