Downing Street says it’s “important” for people to self-isolate when pinged by the NHSCOVID-19 app


Downing Street said it was “important” for people to self-isolate as a clear effort to get the message back on track when “pinged” as a contact for the NHS COVID-19 app.

It follows the previous minister’s comment that the decision is up to the individual and his employer.

All UK legal restrictions to curb the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus were lifted on Monday. The exception is the self-isolation of those who test positive for COVID-19 and those who have close contact with the person performing the test. positive.

Contacts will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace or will be notified via the NHS COVID-19 app.

A spokesman for Boris Johnson’s office said on Tuesday that quarantine “remains the most important action people can take to stop the spread of the virus.”

“Given the risk of getting a virus and spreading when people come into contact with someone with COVID, it’s important to quarantine when either the NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID app tells you to do so.” She said. ..

Earlier on Tuesday, Business Minister Paul Scully told Times Radio that self-quarantine when pinged by the app is not a legal requirement.

“It’s important to understand the rules. If you’re contacted by Test and Trace, or if you’re trying to claim a quarantine payment, you need to be legally quarantined,” says Scully.

“This app is there to enable informed decisions. And by stopping mandating a lot, we get people to actually get the data and hire them. I think I encourage you to be able to decide what is best for you, whether you are a person or an employee. “

Asked if he needed to quarantine if he “pinged”, he “wants to encourage people to continue using the app so they can do the right thing.” Obviously it depends on the individual and the employer. “

Investment Minister Sir Jerry Grimstone also reportedly told employers that the NHS COVID app is nothing more than an “advisory tool” that does not expose people to “legal obligations.” Stephen Swynford, The Times of London Political Editor.

Professor Jonathan Montgomery, who chaired the NHSX Ethics Advisory Board on the contact tracking app, said the Times needed to give people clear guidance on what to do when the government was told to self-isolate. I told the radio.

“When we weren’t protected, the risk was the same for everyone. If someone was double vaccinated and the risk was mitigated, it would be as if more sophisticated advice was needed. “I feel that,” said Montgomery.

“If we are visiting older relatives or cancer patients, we take ping seriously, but if we are doing something relatively COVID-friendly, we may make another decision.”

Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders said the government “is building it up as they progress.”

“Ministers mix messages, change approaches and shatter proposals when the public and businesses need clarity and certainty,” Madders said.

Contact self-isolation will be abolished from August 16th and a double jab will take place. The government also announced on Monday that some front-line medical staff and “significant” workers in the UK could be exempt from self-quarantine rules. After the London Underground line shut down due to the self-isolation of key staff.

The Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Rishi Sunak are now in quarantine after being pinged by the app as close contact with Health Minister Sajid Javid, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday.

Johnson and Snack initially planned to participate in the pilot program. The program allowed them to take daily tests instead of self-quarantine, but abandoned the plan after a fierce political backlash.

PA contributed to this report.