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Local lockdowns could be enforced within 24 hours due to data from NHS Covid-19 app

SWIFT ACTION

LOCAL lockdowns could pop up across the nation within 24 hours thanks to real-time data provided by the NHS app.

Local authority officials believe tougher measures could come into force “within days” as spikes registered on the app will be noticed much quicker than other tracking techniques.

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It means ministers do away with weekly lockdown reviews in favour of more “fluid” updates.

It means the harsher measures, such as household mixing bans, or takeaway options from pubs could be implemented much quicker.

One source said: "Meetings have been taking place over the weekend, and we have been put on notice that new measures could come into force at any time."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the NHS Covid-19 app contact tracing for England has been downloaded 12.4 million times as of midday on Monday.

He told the Commons: "I would urge everybody, including every single member in this House, to join the 12.4 million."

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