COVID-19 UK: Govt begs people not delete NHS test & trance app a ‘key tool to slow covid spread’.

ONE in five Brits have switched off the NHS Covid-19 contact tracing function amid a raging "pingdemic", research has revealed.

It comes as about 1.7million people were forced to self-isolate just as Covid rules were lifted on Monday's Freedom Day.

The new survey shows a fifth of its users have either turned off their Bluetooth or their mobile phones to disable the contact-tracing function.

By doing this they could avoid the dreaded "ping" which means you must self-isolate for 10 days.

The Government is under pressure to tackle the "pingdemic" of NHS app alerts grinding workplaces to a halt by compelling fully jabbed staff to stay at home after coming into contact with a Covid case.

According to the YouGov poll of 1,761 British adults, one in ten have gone as far as deleting the app, while one in three has also been snubbing the check-in at venues.

Between July 15 and July 16 also revealed 10 per cent have deleted the app on top of 31 per cent who have never downloaded it — despite having a smartphone.

Among younger age groups, 17 per cent of those aged 18-24 deleted the app.

A Savanta ComRes poll last week suggested 20 per cent of adults scrubbed it from their phones.

Yesterday, Downing Street insisted it is "crucial" for people to self-isolate after being pinged, contradicting business minister Paul Scully said it was a decision for individuals and employers whether they should isolate themselves.

Although it has never been a legal requirement to obey the app's instructions, the official NHS guidance has been that people should "self-isolate immediately" when told to.

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