Only 40 per cent of most vulnerable likely to use NHSX contact tracing app

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Less than half of Britain's elderly population will be able to use the contact tracing app the NHS is planning to roll out when lockdown restrictions are lifted, Laurie Clarke reports for NS Tech this morning. 

"Data from Ofcom indicates that while 80 per cent of all adults owned a smartphone in 2018, only 47 per cent of 65-74 year olds, and 26 per cent of over 75s did," Laurie writes. "This is supported by data published by Statista, which indicates that only 40 per cent of over 65s used a mobile phone to connect to the internet in 2019."

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Oscar Williams is the editor of the New Statesman's technology site, NS Tech.

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