The National Health Service’s coronavirus contact tracing app will not be built on the joint Apple/Google platform, it has been confirmed.

That’s despite potentially greater privacy concerns and a limitation for iPhone users in particular that may require the app to be kept open at all times.

NHSX, the digital innovation unit of the health service, says it has its “sufficiently” overcome the those limitations to ensure the app can run in the background.

“Engineers have met several core challenges for the app to meet public health needs and support detection of contact events sufficiently well, including when the app is in the background, without excessively affecting battery life,” said a spokeswoman.

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