How many people in Horsham are being 'pinged' by the Covid app

The number of people in Horsham who were 'pinged' by the Covid app has seen a huge increase in the last week.

Monday, 19th July 2021, 3:39 pm
Updated Monday, 19th July 2021, 5:02 pm

NHS figures show 737 people were alerted via the app in the seven days to June 30. It was 1385 in the seven days to July 7 – an 87 per cent increase.

At Prime Minister’s Questions on July 7, Labour leader Keir Starmer warned that large numbers of people could soon be asked to self-isolate, with major consequences for businesses.

He said: “How many people will be asked to self-isolate if there are 100,000 cases a day?”

More people are being advised to isolate by the NHS app

On Friday the Glebe Surgery in Storrington urged patients to only call for urgent medical reasons because a ‘significant number’ of staff at the GP surgery were self-isolating. See the full story here.

And last week, luxury car maker Rolls-Royce said it was ‘extremely concerned’ by the number of employees at its West Sussex site being ‘forced to self-isolate’ by the NHS Covid app. Read more here.

Mid Sussex also saw increases in the number of people receiving alerts from the Covid app, with a 62 per cent jump – 1847 people were ‘pinged’ in the seven days to July 7. The number was 1139 the previous week.

And Crawley saw a 77 per cent rise, with 486 people alerted in the week to June 30, rising to 860 in the week to July 7.