The UK’s contact-tracing app has been given £2.5 million in funding after a deal was done with a specialist supplier to keep providing support and development work for the app for the rest of the year.
The app, which has been downloaded over 30 million times and cost at least £100 million to develop, is now being run by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). However, with the UK government scrapping the legal requirement for those with a positive test to isolate and manual contact-tracing operations closed, long-term plans for the technology are not clear.
The support contract was established on February 14 with an end date of December 31, according to a government announcement. The UKHSA did not immediately comment on whether they plan to renew the contract next year.