A CONTACT tracing app to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect system is now in development.

The Scottish Government is working towards having a proximity tracing app available in the autumn via Apple and Google app stores.

It will focus on using Bluetooth technology to anonymously alert users if they have been in close contact with another user who has tested positive for Covid-19.

This will complement existing person to person contact tracing which will remain the main component of NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect system.

If an individual tests positive for Covid-19 they will be sent a unique code to their mobile. If they give permission, the data will then be sent to a server so close contacts also using the app can be traced.

The software is voluntary and does not ask users for any personal information at any time.