Nissan sees 10% of workforce told to self-isolate
Some 700 workers are sent home from its Sunderland plant after being alerted by the NHS app.It is understood that some 700 workers have been sent home from the plant, about 10% of the total workforce.
More than 600,000 people using the NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales were sent self-isolation alerts in the week between 8 and 15 July. © BBC
Data shows 618,903 alerts were sent - a 17% rise from the previous week.
However some fully-vaccinated key workers will be exempt from self-isolating if they are pinged by the app as a close contact of a positive case.
Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng told the BBC a “very narrow” list of jobs would be released today.
Self-isolation for all fully-vaccinated people pinged by the app as close contacts is due to be scrapped by 16 August, he added.
The app alert is advisory only and not enforceable by law, unlike a phone call from the Test and Trace team.
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Latest government figures show there are a further 44,104 daily coronavirus cases in the UK, with 73 coronavirus-related deaths.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned cases could rise even more this week, as most legal restrictions have ended in England.
Alerts on the NHS Covid-19 app informs users if they have been in close contact with a positive coronavirus case. If an individual is pinged by the app, they are advised to self-isolate for 10 days.
In England 607,486 alerts were sent to users in the period between 8 and 15 July, with a further 11,417 sent in Wales.
Downloads of the app continued to rise to 26,826,748 from 26,523,853 the previous week.
The BBC understands there is no way to know if the app has been deleted, but #DeleteTheApp has been trending on Twitter today.
A recent poll by YouGov suggested that one in ten users have deleted the app, having previously installed it.
Those aged between 18 and 24 were most likely to have deleted the app, after installing it, according to the data.
Number of new UK COVID cases rises for second day in a row - as 85 more deaths recorded .
The number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in the UK has risen for the second day in a row following seven days of falls, government data shows. © PA COVID cases in the UK have risen for a second day after seven consecutive days of falls 31,117 infections have been reported in the latest 24-hour period, along with 85 further deaths.The figures compare with 27,734 cases and 91 deaths announced yesterday.Last Thursday, the UK reported 39,906 cases and 84 more deaths related to the virus.The seven-day average for infections was 37.1% down from the previous week, but fatalities were up by 28.9%.