According to a whistleblower tens of thousands of people could have self-isolate when they did not have too, as the Covid app was wrongly programmed to go through five days of close contacts who tested positive, instead of two days.
The disgraced former Health Secretary, Matt Hancock was told the of the error with the Covid app just before he was caught having an affair and then resigned, a Whitehall official told The Guardian.
The Whitehall source said, “The standard definition of a contact in all the scientific and public stuff from Public Health England and NHS test and trace is someone who has been in contact from two days before they have symptoms and if they don’t have symptoms but test positive, you go back two days from the test.
“But the app had five days in it.
“A submission was made to Hancock from test and trace people around the time of his resignation saying; it’s five days but it should be two days: should we change it now?
“And it didn’t happen.”
Justin Madders, the Shadow Health Minister, said this is “another shambolic situation from hapless ministers.
“The Covid app has been one mess after another and a lack of clear information and guidance around the app only undermines its effectiveness.”