SNP MP Alyn Smith has urged people in Stirling to download the new ‘Protect Scotland’ app – to help slow the spread of Coronavirus and support the easing of lockdown restrictions.
The app can be downloaded onto phones and will let 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.
No personal identifiable information will be entered on the app and the Scottish Government has assured that it will not monitor the location of individuals as the app uses Bluetooth technology, and not GPS, to identify contacts.
Since launching last night, the app has already been downloaded more than 50,000 times.
Alyn Smith MP said:
‘The Protect Scotland proximity tracing app has now been launched by the Scottish Government, to help in the fight against Covid-19 and boost the efforts of the person-to-person approach of Test and Protect.
‘The app takes less than a minute to download, and will allow public health authorities to alert people at risk much more quickly, and inform people on the steps they need to take to avoid infecting others.
‘This app will help us all protect ourselves, our families, our friends and our wider community by supporting existing contact tracing efforts.
‘The more people who have the app, the more it can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus. That’s why I’m urging people in Stirling to download the app, and let’s all protect Scotland.’