MSP urges people to download Covid proximity tracing app

Michael Russell MSP

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Michael Russell MSP is urging people in Argyll and Bute to download the new ‘Protect Scotland’ app in bid to help slow the spread of coronavirus and support the easing of lockdown restrictions.

The app can be downloaded onto phones and will automatically alert users if they have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

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.

Mr Russell 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 – which takes less than a minute to download – 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.

‘Scotland’s official contact tracing app will help us all to protect ourselves, our family, our friends and our community by enabling faster contact tracing.

‘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 Argyll and Bute to download the app, and let’s all protect Scotland.’