The First Minister has issues a statement to clarify the Welsh Government’s position regarding NHS Covid-19 App users who are notified that they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. The statement is to the effect that the NHS Covid-19 App continues to be an important tool and users should continue to follow the self-isolation advice if they receive a notification. People are also reminded that it is a legal requirement to self-isolate if instructed by the TTP service and although the NHS Covid-19 App is not covered by this legal duty, users “pinged” should follow the instruction to self-isolate to help minimise the spread of the virus.
In August, the Welsh Government aims to remove the requirement for people who have been fully vaccinated to self-isolate if they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive. They will also consider other potential exemptions, such as for those under the age of 18. The NHS Covid-19 App will align with these change when they are made. It is emphasised that until any changes are introduced it is essential that people should self-isolate regardless of whether they are contacted by Test and Trace or “pinged”.