PUBLISHED: 17:18, Sun, May 3, 2020

| UPDATED: 17:31, Sun, May 3, 2020

The British Government are set to test out the NHS contact tracing app on the island this week. The Government needs at least 50 percent of the population of the Isle of Wight to use the app for the trial to provide an accurate reflection. Mr Gove called on the Isle of Wight residents to help the UK and take part in the trial by downloading the app. 

ITV’s Dan Hewitt asked: “On the NHS contact tracing app that is being trailed on the Isle of Wight this week, given you need 50 to 60 percent of the entire population to download this app when it is up and running, how central will it be to the Government’s policy?”

Mr Gove replied: “When it comes to contract tracing the more people that download the app that has been developed by the NHS the better.

“There are some 80,000 households on the Isle of Wight and we would like to see more than half of households if we can sign up to the app.

“But it is striking how public spirited people have been throughout this crisis.

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Gove called on the Isle of Wight residents to help the rest of the UK (Image: BBC)

“I know that this is a contribution that all of us can make to help keep our neighbours safe.

“It is a very powerful incentive.

“The leader of the Isle of Wight’s council and the excellent Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely have both said that they believe it is in the interest of the island and the country that as many people as possible sign up to the app.”

At the time of writing, Britain has the fourth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.


The importance of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic (Image: Express)

Worldwide there have been more than 3,500,000 COVID-19 cases at the time of writing. 

The death toll has reached more than 245,000 at the time of writing.

More than 1,100,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.

The United States has the highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 1,100,000 confirmed cases.

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