COVID app of England refuses to accept a third of test results
October 27, 2020
UK

COVID app of England refuses to accept a third of test results

LONDON (UK) – The COVID-19 smartphone application launched in England to stem the spread of the pandemic does not accept test results of the country’s state-run laboratories, hospitals or as part of an official survey, it said on Saturday.

The App’s official account on Twitter carried a post saying it could not link to test results taken in Public Health England (PHE) laboratories, at the National Health Service (NHS) or as part of a survey run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

As many as 210,375 tests were taken on Friday, with 61,481 handled by PHE and the NHS, or 29%. They do not include tests as part of the ONS surveys because they are counted on a UK basis.

The Department of Health said it was urgently working to solve the issue, adding that anyone who tests positive will be contacted by the Test and Trace team.

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