Public Switching Off Covid App, Young in Particular

Research just released by YouGov suggests despite larger proportions of the public either removing the app or not installing to begin with, almost half of all online British adults (47%) do still currently have it installed. However, YouGov’s research shows that

“a third have turned off their Bluetooth or otherwise disabled the contact tracing function of the NHS COVID-19 app at some point (34%). This includes a fifth (20%) who currently have contact tracing or Bluetooth turned off, meaning this function won’t work, and 14% of users who currently have contract tracing on but have turned it off at certain times in the past. Six in ten (62%) are using this aspect of the app properly, leaving Bluetooth and contract tracing on at all times.”

Of the nightclubbing 18-24 demographic more than half have turned it off at times or permanently, and one in six have deleted the app permanently. Just 9% of 18-24s have the app and are using it correctly. That’s one way of avoiding being a victim of the pingdemic… 

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Government’s Secret Covid Passport Trials

Guido can reveal the government has conducted secret trials of Covid passports at a hospital in Kettering and Heathrow airport. An NHSX document seen by Guido reveals the first domestic trial of “COVID Status Certification” took place at the Kettering General Hospital, featured 12 staff members and ran over a period of four days, beginning on the 19th April. A separate trial also occurred at Heathrow airport. The trials are no longer under the control of DCMS, who had been running the Events Research Programme…

The trial attempted to replicate the “experience of using status certification to enter a venue”, allowing the government to:

“start to test data feeds, points of contact, user experience, user research and live feedback”.

The inclusion of just 12 members of staff was supposedly to allow NHSX to test the certificates “in a lower profile setting and at a scale appropriate for the stage of the programme”.

Confirming the story, DHSC said “Use of the NHS App is being considered as part of the digital route, and Kettering General Hospital tested this potential technologyFingers crossed, let’s hope NHSX manage to produce a working NHS app this time…

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Gibraltar’s Got a Working Covid App

Gibraltar’s administration has successfully got its act together and launched a functioning track-and-trace Coronavirus app; meanwhile the UK government counts its £12 million losses from the failed first NHSX attempt. Guess which administration abandoned centralisation and used the private sector…

According to the FTthe app was swiftly constructed using Ireland’s codebase, meaning a cost of only £100,000 for the project – a cost of £2.96 per Gibraltar citizen – and already has well over 20% take-up. One bit of Britain now has a functioning tracking app – and it cost 1% of the failed UK Government’s app…

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NHSX Hiring New Spin-Doctors, Bluffer Boss Still Not Fired

After the embarrassing £11.8 million failure of the NHSX app, far from firing the Oxford bluffer in charge as any reader of Dominic Cummings’ blogs would assume, the organisation is instead hiring new communications professionals, along with ‘Head of Delivery’ posts on £90,000 a year. If at first you don’t succeed, hire more spin-doctors and pretend you were right all along

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Boris Correct on International Track & Trace App Failures

At PMQs on Wednesday, Sir Keir appeared to score a victory in attacking the Government’s track and trace app failure. Fighting back over the failure of their NHSX app, Boris asked Starmer whether he could “name any country in the world that has a functional contact tracing app“; Keir immediately shot back with “Germany“.

Full Fact has now examined Boris’s claim that “no country currently has a functioning track and trace app” and concluded the PM is correct, on the basis that while multiple countries – including Germany – have launched apps, the low download rates mean they cannot be accurately described as “functioning“. “It’s too early to say whether they will be effective in helping combat Covid-19.”

We were told at least 80% of the country must download the app for it to be effective. In France, the figure stands at 2%; in Germany, 14%. In Singapore, the failure to persuade more than 20% of the population to download the track-and-trace app has forced the Government to developwearable tracking devices” for citizens, which will not rely on possession of a smartphone. A policy beyond Orwell’s imagination…

This isn’t to say Boris has covered his back; he may be right about other countries’ failings, however it was still the UK government’s policy of centralisation, refusing the Apple-Google alternative, that led to Britain’s dismal and costly NHSX app failureIn 11 days, 65% of Isle of Whiters downloaded the Coronavirus app – one of the highest download rates in the world. The NHSX failure has set back by months a vital initiative on which Britons were clearly willing to set the global standard…

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Failed NHSX Covid App Cost £11.8 Million

The health minister in the Lords, Lord Bethell, has revealed the failed NHSX COVID-tracing app has cost the taxpayer £11.8 million. Millions that could have been saved had anyone in government – especially the CEO of NHSX Matthew Gould – listened to all the experts saying the app was never going to work…

UPDATE: Assuming a £100 per hour rate for developers that equates to 118,000 man hours. Which seems impossible. Even if we double the rate to £200 per hour that suggests 59,000 man hours. How many people were working on the project for 3 months? This needs auditing…

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