App launch is a ‘defining moment’ – Hancock

Here’s some more on the breaking news about a new coronavirus app for England and Wales. 

Businesses – including pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas – are being urged to ensure they have NHS QR code posters visible on entry before the app is launched. 

That’s so that customers who have downloaded it can then use their smartphones to check-in.

Matt Hancock said: “The launch of the app later this month across England and Wales is a defining moment and will aid our ability to contain the virus at a critical time.”

He added that it was vital to use the Test and Trace system “to reach as many people as possible to prevent outbreaks and stop this virus in its tracks”. 

Wales’ health minister Vaughan Gething said the app’s launch was “an important part of coronavirus response”. 

He said: “Working on a joint England and Wales basis is the most practical option here, as we know there is a lot of movement across our shared border. It makes sense to use the same app, working in exactly the same way, regardless of which country you’re in.”

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