Government has serious questions to answer over app delays

Responding to the daily press conference led by the DCMS Secretary and reports that the NHSX app will not be ready for 1 June, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Daisy Cooper, said: “With the Coronavirus crisis leaving the most vulnerable at risk, the Government continues to waste valuable time and undermine public confidence by experimenting with a new tracing app when there are already effective models it could and should use.

“An app alone will not bring an end to the lockdown, but a safe and effective app could play a role in keeping people safe with a strategy to test, trace and isolate.

“The Prime Minister and his Government have serious questions to answer about these delays. To restore public confidence and get a grip of the virus, the Liberal Democrats are urging the Government to rapidly upscale their tracing and testing capacity and bring forward a new Safe Trace App Law to ensure that any new app will keep people safe.”

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