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Fed-up Brits delete COVID app ahead of Freedom Day

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With cases set to soar after Freedom Day, scores of fed-up Brits are deleting the NHS COVID-19 app.

Some social media users have claimed they deleted the app to avoid notifications alerting them to isolate.

This comes as hospitality bosses are warning the strict rules in place are devastating businesses.

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With freedom day looming, many people are becoming frustrated and have deleted the 'track and trace' app, as the Mirror reports.

At Prime Minister's Questions Boris Johnson was repeatedly challenged about the expected rise in cases that will occur as restrictions are eased.

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He was also warned the prospect of people trying to get around the rules is "entirely predictable".

The majority of England's remaining lockdown measures are set to be lifted if the Government goes ahead with the proposed July 19 Freedom Day unlocking.

However, changes to self-isolation rules will not come in until four weeks later.

Millions of people are set to be 'pinged' by the app over the coming months as around 100,000 cases per day are expected this summer.

The notifications alert Brits to self-isolate after coming in contact with someone who has tested positive with the virus.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: "It won't feel like freedom day to those who have to isolate.

"When they are having to cancel their holidays, when they can't go to the pub or even to their kid's sports day and it won't feel like freedom day… to the businesses who are already warning of carnage because of the loss of staff and customers."

He told the Prime Minister: "There are already too many stories of people deleting the NHS app – he must have seen those stories – and they are doing it because they can see what's coming down the track.

"Of course we don't support that, but under his plan it is entirely predictable."

Changes to self-isolation rules will not come in until August 16, when the fully vaccinated and under-18s will no longer be told to stay at home if they have come into contact with a coronavirus case but will instead be advised to take a test.

People with confirmed cases of coronavirus will still be told to self-isolate.

Mr Johnson said: "Of course we are going to continue with the programme of self-isolation for as long as that is necessary. I thank all those who are doing it.

"But of course what we are also doing is moving to a system of testing rather than self-isolation and we can do that because of the massive rollout of the vaccine programme."

Professor Christophe Fraser from Oxford University's Nuffield Department of Medicine, who advises Test and Trace, told Times Radio that usage of the app was at an "all-time high".

"About 50% of all, overall test results, nationally go through the app," he said.

"The team monitors the usage of the app, and at this point in time the usage of the app is at an all-time high."

Asked about the suggestion that 100,000 people could become infected each day over the summer, he said: "It would result in a large amount of people being traced, which of course slows down the rate of infection and limits the stress on the NHS in terms of hospital admissions."

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UK Hospitality, told The Sun: “Around a third of our staff are self isolating at any one time at the moment because they have been pinged…and that number is going to go up in the coming weeks.

“The economy is going to grind to a halt. It is overzealous and people are just starting to delete it.

"My timeline is full of people saying they have turned it off because their sister’s wedding is coming up and they don't want to miss it."

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