LONDON – The UK could start rolling out its coronavirus tracking app in less than a month. Matthew Gould, the head of the NHSX – the health service’s digital transformation unit, unveiled progress to UK lawmakers on Tuesday (via Reuters).
Coronavirus application “Ready for wider deployment in two to three weeks”.
A trial in a smaller area could begin “within two weeks,” Gould told the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. In addition, he stated that “depending on his testing performance and the smaller surface area we expect, I expect it to be technically ready for wider deployment within two to three weeks.”
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