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On the day the new NHS Covid-19 app goes live across the country, Islanders are once again being thanked for the role they played in pioneering the technology.

According to the government, the Island pilot showed the app to be highly effective when used alongside traditional contact tracing to identify contacts of those who have tested positive for coronavirus. However, no official stats have been released to show how well the app has performed.

Isle of Wight Council leader Dave Stewart has said the Island has played an important part in ensuring the app is ready for the national roll-out.

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He’s said:

“With COVID-19 cases rising again across the country, the NHS Covid-19 app is a useful tool to have in the toolbox, alongside the other measures, to combat the rise in infections.

“Having the app on your phone enables every user to feel they are contributing — it’s the right thing to do.

“I am enormously proud of the crucial role our Island community played in the development and refinement of this app so that it is now ready for national roll-out.

“When the nation called Islanders stepped up to the plate not once but twice to pioneer ground-breaking technology that I’m sure will go on to save many lives from this devastating virus.”

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Designated businesses and organisations, including hospitality, close contact services and leisure venues, are now required to have official NHS QR code posters visible on entry so customers who have downloaded the new app can use their smartphones to easily check-in. The posters can be downloaded via

The app is available for smartphones only. To get started, go to Android’s Google Play or Apple’s App Store and search for ‘NHS COVID-19’.

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Eve Shipman

What a poser!! Along with his mate half-sausage, they try and claim credit for all the failed experiments imposed on Islanders (capital “I” because I think we are special) but, hopefully, most of the readership can see through this bullshit.
Are you brave enough to vote them out at the next election? I doubt it!


I have no intention of every voting for a blue candidate that appears to be so intent on doing exactly what they want with total disregard for democracy and ignoring the general public.


“according to the government the island pilot showed the app to be highly effective………”
err – total lie – it was found seriously wanting and was ditched – who makes this s**t up? Incredible!


Why are staff and customers not wearing masks at oakfield store ryde….is this place excempt

Real Islander

I expect they are intelligent.

Concerned of Wootton

This would be the app that the NHS are rapidly trying to fix, as it’s been shown to be flawed.
It’s a bit like saying the floating bridge has some technical issues!

Real Islander

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” 
― C. S. Lewis

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