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Covid-19: Scotland launches contact tracing app with England and Wales to follow

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 11 September 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3566

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  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London, UK

Scotland has launched its own contact tracing app for covid-19 based on the same Apple and Google toolkit used for the Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland apps.1

The day after the Scottish government’s announcement the Department of Health and Social Care said that a covid-19 app will be available across England and Wales on 24 September. Launch of the app has been delayed while NHSX initially tried to develop a centralised system in which anonymised data from people with covid-19 symptoms could be held on an NHS database.

The UK government was forced to make a U turn in June after testing in the Isle of Wight found the app only recognised 4% of Apple phones and 75% of Google’s android devices.2 It has since been developing a decentralised model that uses the Apple and Google application programming interface but incorporates extra features. This …

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