Keir Starmer and Boris Johnson clash over Covid-19 track and trace app

This is the moment Labour leader Keir Starmer and Prime Minister Boris Johnson clashed in the House of Commons over the delay with the coronavirus track and trace app.

Boris Johnson faced MPs in another round of Prime Minister’s Questions after confirming the biggest change in lockdown rules since it began in March.

Hospitality venues including pubs, restaurants and hairdressers have been told they can reopen from July 4th.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer opened the questioning by asking the PM about the delay in the track and trace app as the two-metre rule is set to be replaced with a “one-metre-plus” rule to enable the hospitality  industry to accommodate more customers.

Starmer said: “Up until last week the government maintained that the app was critical but at the weekend the health secretary downplayed the app saying that it was only ever ‘additional support,’ so which is it? Critical or not?” – as you can see in the video above.

“Mr speaker, I wonder whether the right honorable gentleman can name a single country in the world that has a functional contract tracing app? Because there isn’t one,” Johnson replied.

“What we have and what I think has left the opposition slightly floundering is a very successful NHS test and trace operation which yesterday they supported.

“Yesterday they said it was good enough for this country to go forward with step three of our plan, today they’re yo-yoing back again and saying that it’s not good enough.

“I think they need to make up their mind, I think they need to get behind NHS test and trace and support it and take the country forward together.”



keir Starmer was quick to highlight Germany as an example to his point.

He said: “Germany, app working on June 15, 12million downloads.

“The health secretary said we’d have have the app by mid-may, presumably on advice, the Prime Minister said we’d have it by June 1, now the government ministers say it won’t be ready until the winter.

“We spent £12million on this, other countries are ahead of us, when are we going to have a working app?”



Keir Starmer and Boris Johnson clash over Covid-19 track and trace app

Johnson replied: “I’m afraid he’s completely wrong!

“No country in the world has a working contact tracing app and we’ve always been clear that the app will be the icing on the cake.

“If we can get it to work it will be a fine thing, but there isn’t one anywhere in the world so far.

“What we do have is a fantastic NHS test and trace operation that is already up and running, that is going to get better and better and will be indispensable to our future success and I think he should support it.”

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