The government has now confirmed that users of its contact-tracing app who receive an alert warning them to self-isolate because of exposure to a confirmed coronavirus case are not eligible for financial support if they lose income as a result.
Those who are told to isolate by human contact tracers are not affected. The government has been aware of this gaping hole in its support package for weeks:
Boris Johnson is expecting everyone to follow instructions to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus. He has spent billions in public funds to set up his grossly-overpriced app and on massive advertising campaigns on TV, YouTube and social media to encourage people to install it on their phones, with around 18 million doing so up to now.
Yet in doing so, Johnson has lined them up to be told to stay at home with no support at all, plunging millions of working poor people who do comply into desperate hardship – and forcing many to break isolation, driving the spread of the virus and putting millions at increased risk.
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