The Government has ditched the system behind the NHS coronavirus app and is hoping to develop a new one with Google and Apple, the Mirror understands.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to outline the government's new approach later today.

The NHSX app has been on trial on the Isle of Wight since early May.

But the Mirror understands "problems" have been found and it won't be rolled out in its current form.

Ministers hope to work with phone makers to develop a new 'third way' app which will have the benefits of both.

The shift to the Apple/Google model will bring the UK in line with most European countries. The last EU holdout - France - is expected to make the shift with its app too.

Using the same system as other countries could present a breakthrough in talks on border quarantine.

It means that when a traveller from Europe arrives in the UK, the app from their country will be able to work alongside ours.

It comes after the government faced months of criticism over the decision to to gather data from users of the app in a centralised database, rather than using the Apple and Google model which would store most data on the user's own phone.

The manufacturers offered governments around the world a way to use their operating systems to collect a limited amount of data to help trace and contact people coronavirus sufferers have been in contact with.

But the developers of the UK’s app decided the amount of data offered by Apple and Google wasn’t enough - they wanted more so they could mine it for more information to help them plan NHS capacity and track the spread of the disease in more detail.

They say they can only do that by collecting data on a central server - which they say will be anonymised and private, despite asking for the first half of the user’s postcode when they register.

The Mirror understands the government has been testing both methods and found problems with each of them.

The Health Secretary originally promised the app, still under testing on the Isle of Wight, would be rolled out across the nation in ‘mid-May’.

He told Brits it was their “duty” to download it in large numbers in order to combat the spread of Covid-19.

But as the deadline was missed, Mr Hancock and test and trace chief Dido Harding have said it the “cherry on the cake” - and not essential to the contact tracing push.

And yesterday, Health Minister Lord Bethel indicated the delivery of the app had slipped even further.

He told the Science and Technology Committee the pilot of the app on the Isle of Wight had been successful, but also showed that people prefer human contact to a technological one.

he said: "We're seeking to get something going for the winter, but it isn't the priority for us at the moment."

He added that the Government was not feeling great time pressure over the app, and it did not want to "poison the pool" by rushing something out that isn't "quite right".