Scotlands Covid tracing app reaches million download milestone – BBC News

Android phone users will also require to be performing at least the Android 6.0 operating system, which was released in 2015, the Protect.scot site says.

Research by Ofcom from 2017 recommended that about 3.2 m adults in Scotland owned a mobile phone.

How does the app work?

The brand-new app utilizes Bluetooth innovation to alert users if they have actually remained in prolonged close contact with someone who consequently evaluates positive for Covid-19.

When a private initially tests positive for the virus, they are called by phone in the typical method.

The contact tracer will ask them if they are an app user and if they are ready to utilize the app’s upload function to anonymously notify close contacts.

If they agree, they will be sent out an unique code to their mobile which opens this function on the app.

By sharing their positive test outcome in by doing this, the information will form part of an anonymous database.

The app on other users’ phones frequently checks this database to see if they have been in contact with an infected person.

A warning is immediately issued when a match is found and users are then urged to get evaluated or self-isolate for 14 days.

Up previously, contact tracing has actually been done manually using a method followed for many years to assist manage the spread of infectious diseases.

Last week some iPhone users have reported not having the ability to download the app since they are not running iOS 13.

The iPhone 6 and older models introduced prior to 2015 can not run Apple’s latest operating system.

Contact app Image copyright PA Media More than one million individuals have downloaded Scotland’s brand-new contact tracing app because its launch last week.

Secure Scotland appeared to download complimentary on to a cell phone from Apple’s App Store or Google Play on 10 September.

The app lets people know if they have actually remained in close contact with someone who later evaluates favorable for Covid-19.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called on individuals to “keep spreading out the word” about the app.

The Scottish government has said the software will secure and support the test system and is “another tool” in the battle against the virus.

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