NHS Covid-19 App Sent Users False Alerts About Area Risk Levels

The UK’s official covid-19 contact-tracing app, displayed above, went live on Sept. 24 and has already experienced a host of technical issues.

The UK’s official covid-19 contact-tracing app, displayed above, went live on Sept. 24 and has already experienced a host of technical issues.
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Users of the state coronavirus app in England and Wales were alarmed to see their area’s risk level fluctuate out of nowhere on Friday in what turned out to be a technical glitch, the Guardian reports. As if anyone needed more stress this year.

The Department of Health and Social Care said on Saturday that the bug affected updates to the app’s postcode alert system and it has since been resolved.

“We are aware of an issue which impacted updates to postcode alerts for some app users this evening,” an agency spokesperson told the outlet. “This was identified and resolved within an hour and users’ phones will automatically update to show the correct local alert level for their area,

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