Highlands and Islands MSP Maree Todd calls on people to download the new Protect Scotland app to help tackle coronavirus spread
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People in the far north are being urged to help slow the spread of coronavirus by downloading a new app.
SNP MSP Maree Todd wants people to use the Protect Scotland app, which lets users know if they have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
The app will automatically alert users if someone reports that they’ve tested positive for Covid-19 and that they have been in close contact recently.
The app, which launched on Wednesday night, had already been downloaded more than 50,000 times by the time the John O’Groat Journal went to press yesterday.
Highlands & Islands MSP Ms Todd said: “The Scottish Government has now launched the Protect Scotland proximity tracing app, to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus and complement the person-to-person approach of Test and Protect.
“The app will allow us to alert people at risk far more quickly, so that we can all take steps to reduce the risk of infecting others.”
The Scottish Government says the app will not monitor the location of individuals as it uses Bluetooth technology, not GPS, to identify contacts.
The app can be downloaded at www.protect.scot