May 21, 2020 / 4:53 PM / 3 months ago

UK test and trace system is on course for June 1 - health minister

LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) - Britain's health minister said the health service's COVID-19 smartphone app was working on the Isle of Wight, where it is being trialled, and the country's test and trace operation would be ready to launch on June 1 when the lockdown is further eased.

"We are absolutely clear that the test and trace system needs to be in place, and that is on track for delivery on 1 June," Matt Hancock said on Thursday.

"The app is working in the Isle of Wight. We want to make sure this whole system lands well and supports the ability safely to make changes to social distancing rules." (Reporting by Estelle Shirbon and Alistair Smout, Writing by Paul Sandle; editing by Stephen Addison)

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