Exclusive: ‘Pull the plug on test and trace and delete the app’, says Pimlico Plumbers chief Charlie Mullins
More than half a million people were pinged by the NHS Test and Trace app this week, the highest numbers ever.
A total of 520,194 notifications were sent, informing users of the app that they had been in close contact with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus.
People have to be in isolation for 10 days, which leads to major disruptions in most industries. Some companies would be missing 20 percent of their workforce.
Enough is enough for Charlie Mullins, chairman and founder of Pimlico Plumbers, the UK’s largest independent plumbing company. He thinks people should remove the app from their phones.
“When Test and Trace was launched it was supposed to stop us from going back into lockdown, which it didn’t. And now all it seems to do is force people into self-isolation for up to 10 days, even if tests show they are negative for the disease. This doesn’t make sense and should stop now,” Mullins told Link City AM. today.
“People must remove the app from their phones, it must be removed from the app stores and the government must shut down the system for good on Monday when all other Covid restrictions are removed, in favor of the much better weapons in testing and vaccination that we have. now at our disposal,” he added.
Questions about the sensitivity of the NHS’s contact tracing app have continued after reports of Britons being told to self-isolate if their neighbors get sick.
The bluetooth signal used by the app, which underpins the contact-tracing technology, is believed to be so strong that it can pick up other phones through walls — and send self-isolation alerts.
Mullins thinks the whole setup is a waste of money.
“If this automated effort to control Covid has failed, perhaps the money we spent on it could be better spent giving more to the real Covid fighting heroes of the NHS than the miserly 1 per cent pay increase that we have received.” currently on the table! It doesn’t work, it never did and it’s been a huge waste of £37bn,” he said.
“It makes absolutely no sense that vaccinated people are subject to track and trace, and with the added possibility that we now have to test ourselves regularly and quickly, we have a ‘belt-and-braces’ system that tells you if you are actually infected are with Covid rather than one that puts you off work with the chance you may have gotten it through a chance encounter with a stranger,” he noted.
Mullins called the hospitality industry a sector that is being hit hard by the test and trace app.
“Bar and restaurant owners who are barely making a living tell me they are struggling as staff are forever pinged by track and trace, with some returning to work only to return a few days later. to be isolated. And if I haven’t made my case yet, I might draw people’s attention to the 6-7 hours passengers waited to get in and out of Heathrow because too many staff were in self-isolation,” he concluded.