The NHS teams up with Apple and Google on coronavirus tracking app

The NHS is working with Apple and Google to build a contact tracing app designed to track the movements of the population when lockdown restrictions eventually lift.

The government is working closely with major tech companies to build the software, which encourages users to declare whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms, health secretary Matt Hancock announced at a press conference over the weekend.

Technology will determine whether users have recently been in touch with anybody who has self-diagnosed before sending an amber alert to their devices. Should individuals be tested positive for the virus, anybody who’s been in close proximity with them will receive a red alert.