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‘I might delete it’: users on the NHS Covid-19 app amid the ‘pingdemic’

With data showing downloads dropping, four people talk about the pressures they face

The number of downloads of the NHS Covid-19 app has shrunk dramatically amid a “pingdemic” that is causing shortages of goods and workers, after former health secretary Jeremy Hunt warned last week that the government “risks losing social consent” for its test-and-trace programme if it does not allow fully vaccinated people to avoid isolation.

There were 43% fewer downloads of the NHS Covid-19 app in the week ending 30 June compared with the week ending 14 June, NHS data shows, while a record 689,313 people in England and Wales were contacted by the app and asked to self-isolate in the week to 12 July.

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