Four months later than planned, the mobile phone tracing tool will be launched ...

Government's coronavirus tracing app FINALLY launches nationwide TODAY... four months later than planned  The app uses Bluetooth technology to alert users if they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus They will then receive a message telling them to self-isolate for 14 days and to book a test, although only if they develop symptoms  Additionally, they will be encouraged to use their apps to scan the 'QR code' at any pubs, restaurants and leisure centres they visit in case there is a virus outbreak linked to that venue 

By Sophie Borland Health Editor For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:02 BST, 24 September 2020 | Updated: 00:49 BST, 24 September 2020

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Millions of Britons will be urged to download the mobile tracing app which is finally being launched nationwide today – four months late.

Health officials hope it will play a crucial role in containing the virus at a critical point, when cases are on the rise again.

But the app is likely to create even more demand for tests at a time when labs are already under huge pressure and thousands of patients have been unable to book slots.

The Department of Health will tonight launch a major TV advertising campaign to increase uptake by urging the public to 'protect your loved ones, get the app'.

Officials hope that between 15 and 50 per cent of the population in England and Wales will use it. Scotland and Northern Ireland have already launched their own versions.

The app uses Bluetooth technology to alert users if they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus such as on public transport, in a shop or among their friends and family.

The app uses Bluetooth technology to alert users if they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus

The app uses Bluetooth technology to alert users if they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus

They will then receive a message telling them to self-isolate for 14 days and to book a test, although only if they develop symptoms. The device will also enable users to check their symptoms online if they are worried they might have the virus and to book a test if necessary.

Additionally, they will be encouraged to use their apps to scan the 'QR code' at any pubs, restaurants and leisure centres they visit in case there is a virus outbreak linked to that venue. Their contact details will then be available for tracing efforts. The app, which uses a system developed by Apple and Google, has been tested on the Isle of Wight and in the London borough of Newham.

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