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Isolate if ‘pinged’ by NHS Covid app, says No 10, despite minister’s claims

Firms and staff should follow app’s instructions even though they are not legally enforceable, it says

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Downing Street has urged people to isolate if they are “pinged” by the NHS app, after the business minister, Paul Scully, suggested individuals and employers could choose to ignore the instructions.

No 10 said employers “should not be encouraging” workers to ignore isolation warnings, even though the app’s instructions are not legally enforceable, unlike contact from NHS test and trace, which is a legal requirement.

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