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Badenoch MSP urges Highlanders to download Protect Scotland app


By Gavin Musgrove

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Badenoch MSP Kate Forbes has urged residents in Badenoch and Strathspey to download the new Protect Scotland app, which experts say will 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.

It 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 its recent launch, the app has already been downloaded more than 900,000 times.

Ms Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, 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.

“In the Highlands, 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 in the Highlands who have the app, the more it can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

“That’s why I’m urging people in my constituency to download the app, and let’s all protect Scotland.”

The app can be downloaded from the App Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices.

More information is available on Protect Scotland here



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