A million people download new NHS contact-tracing app on day of launch – BBC News

The new NHS contact tracing app has been launched in England and Wales. Anyone over 16 is being encouraged to download it on to their smartphone.

It can warn you if you’ve been in close contact with someone who is infected.

But the Health Secretary for England Matt Hancock says it won’t be a legal requirement for people to isolate if the app tells you to.

Meanwhile students at universities in Scotland have been told they’ll break the law, if they leave their accommodation and return home to stay with their families.

It comes after a major coronavirus outbreak at Glasgow University where more than 170 cases have been confirmed. More than a thousand students are estimated to be self isolating after outbreaks in Dundee, St Andrews and Aberdeen.

In England, the new curfew restrictions announced by the Prime Minister have come into force.

Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reporting by medical editor Fergus Walsh, Scotland editor Sarah Smith and Duncan Kennedy in Southampton.

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