Test and Trace chief Dido Harding ordered to self-isolate by coronavirus app

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Test and Trace chief Dido Harding has been ordered to self-isolate by the government's own coronavirus app.

The embattled Tory peer revealed she had been contacted by the app and told to self-isolate for nine days.

She joins Boris Johnson and almost a dozen Tory MPs in having to quarantine, after an MP who visited No10 later tested positive. The incidents are not known to be connected.

She tweeted: "Nothing like personal experience of your own products ….got this overnight. Feeling well. Many hours of Zoom ahead."

If a contact of Baroness Harding's tested positive, the screenshot suggests it took five days from meeting the contact to receiving a notification this morning.

That is because anyone who's been in close contact with a Covid-19 sufferer has to isolate for 14 days from the last time they met that contact.

It also suggests the app may have reached Baroness Harding before her own human-run Test and Trace system did.

The isolation time is 10 days for people who suffer coronavirus symptoms, but Baroness Harding said she was "feeling well".

The NHS Covid-19 app uses Bluetooth to detect when two app users come into close contact.

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She joins Boris Johnson and almost a dozen Tory MPs in having to quarantine
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It is separate to the Test and Trace system run by Baroness Harding, which has repeatedly come under fire for the number of contacts it manages to trace.

The outsourced system – run largely by corporate giants Serco and Sitel – reached just 60% of close contacts of people with Covid-19 and told them to isolate in the most recent week.

It comes nine days after Baroness Harding's Tory MP husband, John Penrose, was told to self-isolate by the app after potentially coming into contact with someone who has coronavirus.

The Weston-super-Mare MP said on Twitter : “It never rains but it pours…. my NHS app has just gone off, telling me to self-isolate, which I’m doing.

“No symptoms so far *crosses fingers*”

Asked if he had spoken to his wife about it, he told the PA news agency on November 9: “We are trying to make sure we are doing it by the book, if I can put it that way.

“Her NHS app has not gone off, so it’s someone I have been in contact with rather than her.”

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