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Scotland's new coronavirus contact tracing app goes live

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Scotland's new coronavirus contact tracing app goes live

The new Scottish coronavirus contact tracing app has gone live, with Nicola Sturgeon describing it as “a new way to help fight COVID in Scotland”.

Available for free from the Apple Store and Google Play, the app aims to support test and trace efforts and control the spread of coronavirus by informing people if they have been in proximity to someone who has tested positive.

If someone tests positive a contact tracer will ask if they are willing to share the information on the app anonymously, using bluetooth to help to build a database and alert others.

A warning is then automatically issued when a match is found, with users told to get tested or self-isolate for 14 days.

Writing on Twitter, Nicola Sturgeon said: “There's a new way to help fight COVID in Scotland. 'Protect Scotland' - our confidential contact tracing app - will anonymously notify app users you've been in close contact with, should you test positive.

"Please download, and let's all protect Scotland."

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