Something's up with the contact tracing app on Android. It's showing a "loading" notification that never goes away
Lots of complaints. I'd say this is affecting quite a few people - possibly all Android users…
Spoke to someone smarter than me about this, who said:

"That "Loading..." should just appear while downloading keys and then disappear. This suggests it's stuck downloading, not stuck alerting

(ie. If you get this you don't necessarily have an alert waiting to get through)
Confirmed by the app team who say they're working with Google to fix it
Good point. Even if you clear the notification, that won't resolve the underlying issue so it'll probably reappear in a few hours

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13 Jan
The government says the coronavirus rules are tough enough. The problem is compliance

I've been looking at the data and it says something quite different… sort of

A THREAD on what’s going on
This chart comes from the UCL’s brilliant covid-19 social study, which regularly asks more than 70,000 people about their experience of lockdown

It shows that compliance is higher than at any point since the first lockdown Image
The UCL survey distinguishes between majority compliance (following most of the rules) and complete compliance (following all the rules)

Both have been rising sharply since December – basically in line with the virus
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A government map of every vaccine site in England

"Currently, 96% of the population in England is within 10 miles of a vaccine service. By the end of January, everyone will live within 10 miles of a vaccination centre" Image
Link to the map here. I'm afraid to say it's a pdf…
In case you're reading this in 2021, @nmsonline has been cataloguing vaccine sites on Google maps
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Three out of four lab teams at the Milton Keynes Lighthouse Lab have been affected, as have office and administrative staff…
One lab worker blamed lax safety procedures and said rules were being broken in order to meet targets

However it happened, the outbreak has hit the lab hard. In one 70-person lab team, there are currently 20 scientists isolating…
The Department of Health and Social Care said it was aware of the outbreak, but denied any safety guidelines had been broken

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This is Dr Elliot Singer, a GP in Waltham Forest. If anyone can be called a community doctor, it’s him. He wasn’t just born locally, he was delivered by the GP who used to have his practice

He’s delighted to be delivering the vaccine, but the tech is causing “huge frustration“
There are numerous software systems involved with vaccination, but two are central. 1. Recording who's had the vaccine (and which vaccine, what batch etc). 2. Inviting and booking patients for appointments - what's known as "call and recall"

There are problems with both
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15 Dec 20
I just wish I knew what an online harm actually was
Funny to see the online harms bill positioned as a blow against big tech when it will give them the power to make sweeping decisions on enforcement while simultaneously making it much harder for smaller competitors
Rule of politics: displays of strength are often signs of weakness. Online harms delegates many aspects of justice to tech companies. It's effectively an admission that the state can't do the work itself
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Cold take: mutations happen all the time. I would like more information on this new variant, especially before it's linked to the rise of cases in the south east
The expert view on the variant is considerably more cautious than Matt Hancock's

As so often, @alanmcn1 puts it best. Catching this variant is a tremendous achievement, but study is ongoing, so *it is important to keep a calm and rational perspective*…
Based on this and conversations with experts it seems as if the idea that the strain is faster-spreading is mainly conjecture

It's been found in the SE, where cases are rising, but *any* variant will be found in the the place with most cases. Correlation ≠ causation
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