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Victoria's daily infection rate is on track towards the planned easing of coronavirus restrictions come September 28, with more anti-lockdown protests expected.The state recorded 21 new cases in the 24 hours to Saturday morning, its lowest figure since June 24.
The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) has confirmed officers are being told not to install the NHS Covid-19 app on their work smartphones.
The app detects when users have been in proximity to someone with the virus.
Some officers have also been told they may not need to obey self-isolate alerts generated by the app when downloaded to their personal phones.
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Users are being urged to install the app to protect themselves and others against the resurgent virus.NHS Covid-19 instructs users to self-isolate for 14 days if it detects they were nearby someone who has the virus.
Lancashire Constabulary has told staff to call the force's own Covid-19 helpline instead.
The BBC contacted the North-West of England force after a source revealed the advice.
The source also said officers had been told not to carry their personal phones while on duty if they had activated the app.
Lancashire Constabulary said this was a policy common to all forces and referred further questions to the NPCC.
The NPCC said it was carrying out an urgent review of the policy. This could happen as soon as Tuesday.
NHS Covid-19 launched last Thursday, since when it has been downloaded more than 12 million times.
In addition to contact-tracing, it also offers a way for users to scan codes when they enter a building to log they were there, as well as a means to check if they have symptoms of the coronavirus and to order a test.
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The NPCC had previously raised concernson the grounds it could compromise undercover work and other sensitive operations.
But since the app is designed to keep people's identities secret, this should not be a problem in this case.
Rise in coronavirus cases 'may be levelling off' in England, ONS data suggests .
There is "some limited evidence" that the recent sharp increase in new coronavirus cases in England is levelling off, the UK's Office for National Statistics has said. © Reuters The survey found shopping and eating out were the most commonly reported activities among people with COVID-19 in the two to seven days before symptoms began New cases of COVID-19 in England were around 8,400 per day in the latest week up to 24 September - down from around 9,600 per day during the previous week, an ONS estimate said.