Scotland is getting more strategic in approaching the pandemic.
Scotland is currently developing their own Coronavirus Contact- Tracing App, which would be ready in the next few months, hopefully. Following the failure of the well-known app in England, which was called the NHS-branded app.
Northern Ireland was the first in the United Kingdom to deploy a contact-tracing app. Both Northern Island and Scotland adapted software, which is being used in the Republic of Ireland. These Contact-tracing apps are built to help detect and prevent a second wave of the coronavirus.
The app works and records two people who have been near each other for a substantial time. If one of this two people is later diagnosed as having the disease, it can send an alert to others they have recently been in contact with and telling them that they should also get tested and/or self-isolate.
A few months back, Google and Apple joint forces and updated their mobile phone operating systems to include a framework for contact tracing. England planned to design a centralized contact-tracing app, although the Apple-Google framework being more widely supported by the European countries.
Since Scotland is adapting the Apple-Google framework, it will also be compatible with the apps used in Gibraltar and Northern, Ireland.
Scotland’s Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said, “We also know that not everyone uses a mobile phone or will be able to access the app, which is why this software is very much there to complement existing contact-tracing methods.”
Scotland’s contact tracing app will be developed by Nearform company, which was the one who worked on the Republic of Ireland’s contact-tracing app.