The number of people ‘nuts’ by the NHS Covid app in each region of Cambridgeshire
More than 9,000 people across Cambridgeshire have been ‘nutted’ by the NHS Covid app in a week, according to new data released by the government.
England has seen an unprecedented number of people being alerted, or “nuts,” by the app explaining that they had been in contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.
Being “pinged” in this way means you have to isolate yourself for a specific amount of time explained by the app.
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Recently, the app surveyed more than 500,000 people across the country in just one week, prompting the government to change how the app works.
The Department of Health and Social Affairs said Monday (August 2) that the “logic” behind how close contacts are identified and notified will be changed following a review.
The app will now only look at contacts two days before an asymptomatic person is positive instead of five days for contacts the app was tracking previously.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “We want to reduce the disruption that self-isolation can cause to people and businesses, while ensuring that we protect those most at risk from this virus.
“This app update will help ensure that we find the right balance.
“It is so important that people isolate themselves when asked to do so in order to stop the spread of the virus and protect their communities.”
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The most recent data shows the number of ping requests between July 15 and July 21 for each local authority.
Across Cambridgeshire, 9,231 people were contacted by the app to self-isolate during this week.
Huntingdonshire recorded the highest number of ping requests with 1,997 contacts during this period. In total, he saw 12,616 pings.
However, it is Cambridge with the highest number of pings in total with 13,631.
Peterborough also recorded a high number of pings between July 15 and 21 with 1,957 pings. In total, he saw 11,511.
Fenland recorded the lowest number in that specific week, with just 887 people alerted. In total, there were 6,675 pings in this local authority.
Number of respondents in each region of Cambridgeshire
Between July 15 and 21 – 1,066
Total – 5,970
Between July 15 and 21 – 887
Total – 6,675
Between July 15 and 21 – 1,515
Total – 10,180
Between July 15 and 21 – 1 997
Total – 12,616
Between July 15 and 21 – 1,957
Total – 11,511
Between July 15 and 21 – 1,809
Total – 13,631
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