Coronavirus app fiasco takes another humiliating turn as UK asks Germany for help

BRITAIN'S coronavirus app fiasco took another humiliating turn as it emerged we've now had to turn to Germany for help.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has already ditched plans to build the mobile contact tracing system from scratch after his efforts flopped.

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Instead the Government announced it will rely on technology from Apple and Google – something most European nations decided to do weeks ago.

And now Berlin's ambassador to the UK has revealed he's in discussions with Mr Hancock about us adopting their model.

Andreas Michaelis said: “Experts have intensified contacts and look into moving forward together."

The revelation is a particular humiliation for the PM, who claimed on Wednesday that no other country had a working app.

But Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer pointed out that Germany's has been up and running since last Monday.

 

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The exchange was even shared on Twitter by Berlin's health minister Jens Spahn.

The German app has been been downloaded more than 12 million times since its launch and has already started alerting users to self-isolate.

A No 10 spokesman said there was still no confirmed date for when the UK's version will be launched.

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