Record number of people in Suffolk told to self-isolate as pingdemic continues
People across Suffolk are shunning the Covid-19 app check-in system as latest data reveals a record number of people being told to isolate by their phone.
Across all five local authority areas in the county a record 7, 474 alerts were sent, advising people they should quarantine themselves because their phone has detected they are a close contact of a confirmed coronavirus case.
The rise in people being advised they must stay at home is levelling out, the data has revealed. In the week running up to July 7 some 3,408 people were pinged, and the data for the week after revealed a 6,265 people were plunged into self-isolation.
But the latest data, which runs up to July 21, has revealed the number of people who are checking in to venues has been dropping.
The trend of falling check-ins has been apparent in the last month. On the week up to June 30 there were 194,318 check-ins across the county. Yet on the week up to July 7 there were 183,437, up to July 14 there were 169,618, and in the latest data there was just 114,392.
As of Freedom Day shops, pubs, and restaurants are no longer required to require people to check-in, but the government has said it is still advisable and the latest data encompasses only three days of the removal of restrictions.
Business had complained they struggled to keep their companies running with the huge number of people being told to stay a home.
But the government has now said that some essential workers can test daily in order to avoid isolation, with certain sectors
There is no legal requirement to self-isolate if your mobile phone pings you, but if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace you must stay a home, with fines starting at £1,000.