Great Britain

Brits overwhelmingly back using smartphone technology to track people breaching quarantine

PHONE TRACK OK

BRITS overwhelmingly back using smart phone technology to track people breaching quarantine, according to a new poll.

Two thirds of the public (64 per cent) think the Government should use smart devices to check up on people who are supposed to be self-isolating at home or in a hotel.

😷 Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates

The poll of over 2000 adults by pollsters JL Partners comes as ministers are set to unveil a new quarantine policy, which will see arrivals into the UK pay to stay in special isolation hotels for ten days.

Ministers have also been mulling over systems to encourage people who are self-isolating.

Smartphone tracking is used in Poland, which makes users take a selfie at the address where they are supposed to be self-isolating.

The NHS app currently uses bluetooth to work out if a user has been near someone who has tested positive for the virus - but has no tracking capabilities.

When Brits were asked about introducing similar measures only 17 per cent said they would be against it.

Younger people, between the ages of 18 and 24, were the most sceptical, with 26 per cent against the proposals.

People are just as supportive of using GPS tracking although 19 per cent are opposed.

And older people over the age of 65 are keen to use facial recognition tech to track rule breakers, with 73 per cent in favour of using the technology.

James Johnson, former pollster at No10 and co-founder of JL Partners, said: “With the Government on the brink of announcing quarantine plans, the use of GPS and facial recognition technology to check whether people arriving from abroad are staying at home gets substantial backing from the British public.

“Far from any squeamishness, two-thirds back the idea, and it gets net support in every age group, region and social class in the country - a rarity for government policies before coronavirus struck.” 

Matt Hancock self-isolating after being pinged by NHS track and trace app

GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL [email protected]

Football news:

Manchester United will pay almost 5 million euros in bonuses for Bruno if he enters the top 3 of the Golden Ball or becomes the PFA Player of the Year
Arsenal reported a loss of 47.8 million pounds for the last reporting year
Carragher on replacing Salah against Chelsea: I thought it was strange
Liverpool are Interested in Coulibaly
Golovin - the best player of Monaco in February according to the fans
Man City is preparing for Zinchenko a contract for 5 years with a salary of 90 thousand pounds a week (Claret&Hugh)
Salah's agent put an end to the tweet after replacing the player in the 62nd minute of the match with Chelsea