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MSP welcomes comformation of a proximity tracing App

By Rachael Glennie

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Answering a question from Gillian Martin, MSP for Aberdeenshire East, the First Minister told Parliament today that the Scottish Government is developing a proximity tracing App it hopes will be ready in the autumn.

The App is being developed using software utilised in a similar App currently being used by the Republic of Ireland.

The App would be an enhancement to the current Test and Protect programme in place in Scotland. The First Minister emphasised that such an App would not be a substitute for an on-the-ground person-to-person approach.

Commenting, Gillian Martin MSP said:

“I welcomed the confirmation from the First Minister that work is ongoing on a proximity tracing App for use in Scotland, and that the work is at an advanced stage.

“Test and Protect is a crucial element of our continuing efforts to suppress and eliminate covid-19 in Scotland, and a proximity app could be an extremely helpful augmentation of that programme.

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