The UK’s NHS will be adding Apple and Google’s new coronavirus API to its own app, according to a BBC report.
It was announced that the app was being built last month, but following the arrival of a new API from Apple and Google, health secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed that it will be integrated.
The idea is a simple one – users who are unwell update the app on their phone. That information is then used to send a notification to the people they’ve come into contact with, allowing them to take the required action.
“If you become unwell with the symptoms of coronavirus, you can securely tell this new NHS app,” he explained.
“And the app will then send an alert anonymously to other app users that you’ve been in significant contact with over the past few days, even before you had symptoms, so that they know and can act accordingly.
“All data will be handled according to the…