PREMIER League footballers have reportedly been urged to delete the NHS Covid app over fears the pingdemic could scupper their season.
Players with the app are likely to receive a ‘ping’ on their phone if a team-mate tests positive for the virus.
One EFL club is claimed to have had a group of players in double figures forced to quarantine as a result when three of their team-mates had Covid.
Sportsmail reports that managers and club personnel have encouraged their players to delete the app, suggesting it’s the best thing to do to avoid losing players.
Some footballers, from the Premier League down to League Two, have reportedly binned the app so they can carry on playing if a colleague is isolating.
Others are simply taking a test when they’ve been in contact with someone positive – and continuing to play if their results are negative.
It comes after almost 700,000 people using the service were told to self-isolate in the second week of this month.
The chaos left ambulance services on the brink last week as 1,000 NHS staff were forced to self-isolate and stay away from work.
And pubs, factories and airports have also been hit with needless staff isolations over the last month.
Boris Johnson this week vowed to end the pingdemic self-isolation rules on August 16.
It means that from that date, fully vaccinated Brits who get pinged for coming into contact with a positive case will be able to take a test instead.
Boris said: “August 16 is is nailed on, there’s never been any question of a review date.
“I’m very pleased that this is a country that now has the highest proportion of vaccinated adults of any country in the world.
“That is enabling us to make economic progress that we are. You’re seeing the the job numbers increasing.
“It’s clear that if we’re sensible, and we continue to take a cautious approach then we can see a very, very strong recovery.
“The rest of this year, there will still be bumps in the road, but I think you’ll you’ll see a story of steady economic recovery and perhaps quite a fast economic recovery as well.”
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The NHS app is not mandatory, although a text message to isolate from the Test and Trace system is an obligation.
A number of clubs in the Premier League and EFL have had their pre-seasons disrupted by Covid outbreaks and many feel the app is unnecessary because players are tested so regularly.
The Sun Online has approached the Football Association and EFL for comment.