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People told to self-isolate stopped from claiming £500 grant by flaw in contact tracing app

People told to self-isolate stopped from claiming £500 grant by flaw in contact tracing app

Technology
People told to isolate by the contact-tracing app are not able to claim government financial support, Sky News has learned, raising fears that low-paid workers will be forced to choose between health and hardship.A leading poverty charity said the situation was "ridiculous" and Labour accused the government of putting families at risk of destitution. Workers with low incomes on benefits are entitled to receive £500 if they cannot work from home while they self-isolate.But a hidden flaw in the process for claiming the payment means they can only claim the support if they are given a code by a human contact tracer.Someone who tests positive for coronavirus and receives their result through the app can get the payment because they will be referred to NHS Test and Trace for manual contact trac
Covid: How many cases might contact tracers have missed?

Covid: How many cases might contact tracers have missed?

Health
An IT failure has caused almost 16,000 coronavirus cases to go missing from official data in England. The infected individuals themselves were notified, and would hopefully have isolated to prevent spreading the infection, but the glitch meant none of their contacts were notified at the time. A BBC analysis suggests this could mean at least 34,000 contacts were left in the dark about having been exposed to the virus. And those missed contacts, who tracers are now urgently trying to reach, may have been unknowingly spreading the virus on to others for days.Who is affected?Speed is of the essence when it comes to contact-tracing. Every missed day represents an opportunity for the infection to travel.At the moment, about 60% of people who are reached by a co...
Download contact tracing app to ‘make country a safer place’, Hancock urges

Download contact tracing app to ‘make country a safer place’, Hancock urges

Technology
Every person who downloads the NHS coronavirus contact tracing app will be helping "make the country a safer place", the health secretary has told Sky News.Speaking to Kay Burley, Matt Hancock said the app - which has finally been launched in England and Wales after months of delay and questions about its effectiveness - was a "helpful tool" in the fight against COVID-19. Live updates on coronavirus from UK and around the world Asked what percentage of the population would need to download it for it to be effective, Mr Hancock said "there isn't a figure for that"."Every single person who downloads the app is helping to improve how it can keep us safe. It helps you to keep yourself and your loved ones safe," the health secretary said. ...
Friendships in Iraqi soccer league show ‘contact hypothesis’ works, but has limits

Friendships in Iraqi soccer league show ‘contact hypothesis’ works, but has limits

Science
Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Christian soccer players who played alongside Muslim teammates in an interfaith soccer league in Iraq were more likely change their behavior for the better toward Muslim players. The experiment, detailed Thursday in the journal Science, however, revealed the limits of the "contact hypothesis" -- while players built relationships on the field, the benefits of the hypothesis did not extend far beyond the soccer-based relationships. Advertisement The contact hypothesis is the idea that intergroup contact, under certain conditions, can reduce prejudice between majority and minority group members. Sectarian tension in Iraq has ancient roots, but those antagonisms have been exacerbated in recent decades by the destabilizing effects of the U.S. invasion, and more recently, by th...
Coronavirus: What went wrong with the UK’s contact tracing app?

Coronavirus: What went wrong with the UK’s contact tracing app?

Technology
After months of work, the UK has ditched the way its coronavirus-tracing app works, prompting a blame game between the government and two of the world's biggest tech firms. So what went wrong?At the end of March, I got a text from a senior figure in the UK's technology industry. This person said they were helping the NHS "on a very substantial project that will launch in days and potentially save hundreds of thousands of British lives."That was the first I knew of the plan to build a contact tracing app, a project that soon appeared to be at the very centre of the government's strategy to beat coronavirus and help us all emerge from lockdown. The tech luminary had somehow assumed that I could be an adviser to the project - I made it clear that could not b...