Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said during a round of interviews today that the contact tracing app – which was promised to be rolled out from mid-May – would not be ready until at least next month
The Government’s test and trace plan was embroiled in fresh chaos today as a Cabinet minister admitted the NHSX app won’t be ready for weeks and it was revealed contact tracers have been receiving shambolic and inadequate training.
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said during a round of interviews today that the contact tracing app – which was promised to be rolled out from mid-May – would not be ready until at least next month.
A number of potential security flaws have been flagged to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) suggesting the software can be easily hacked, which is thought to be partly to blame for the hold-up.
It comes after contact tracers revealed they have been given virtually no training and 바카라사이트추천 have been getting paid to sit around doing nothing for days on end, with one saying they had ‘never been so bored in my life’.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on Monday that 21,000 tracers would be receiving ‘rigorous’ and ‘detailed’ training needed for the important role, seen as crucial for getting the country back up and running.
But the programme has been slammed as shambolic by recruits who say they have been told to watch videos online on how to handle conversations with suspected COVID-19 cases.
Meanwhile, outsourcing firm Serco, one of the companies training Britain’s contact tracers, was forced to apologise today after accidentally sharing the email address of 300 of its recruits.
The blunder does not inspire confidence for Britons who will be expected to hand over their private details to companies like Serco in the coming weeks as the country exits lockdown.
Contact tracers are already working in countries like Belgium, above, in the UK, 21,000 people have signed up to help track Covid-19
The Government will launch a widespread contact tracing scheme to track down people who have been in touch with infected patients
Rupert Soames, chief executive officer of Serco, which has been tasked with training Covid-19 contact tracers on behalf of the government
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