Covid-19: Tracing app is released for NI

Northern Ireland has become the first part of the UK to launch an app for tracking and tracing coronavirus.Named StopCOVID NI, it has several features for logging details of those experiencing symptoms of the virus.The app will run alongside a phone-based contact tracing programme already in place and will identify those at risk of infection.It has been released for download from Apple’s App Store and on Google Play.StopCOVID NI will be officially launched on Friday but became available to download on Thursday afternoon.Within an hour of its release, hundreds of people had installed it on their mobile phones.Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann said that the more people that downloaded the app, the more effective a tool it would be in the local coronavirus response.”This could be the most important thing you do all year,” he said. “It could prevent you from spreading the virus to people you care about.”How does it work?After a positive Covid-19 test result, a person will receive a unique code by text message.That message will invite the person to enter the code if they use the app.Entering the code will trigger a “Bluetooth handshake”, allowing the app to notify any other user who has been… Read full this story

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