In ZDNet yesterday:
Scotland is working on its own contact-tracing app, which is expected to be available to download in the Apple and Google app stores in the autumn. NHS England is yet to provide a specific timeline for the launch of its contact-tracing technology, after the organization had to scrap the original designs for the app due to technical difficulties. Scottish health secretary Jeane Freeman said that the new tool will complement the existing manual contact-tracing program in place as part of NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect system. “It builds on existing person-to-person contact tracing which remains the most robust method of contacting those who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive,” she said. The country’s health services confirmed that the app will leverage the software used for Northern Ireland’s technology, and which is also the backbone of the Republic of Ireland’s Covid Tracker app.
Leveraging software that works seems like a no-brainer but Murdo Fraser and Douglas Ross are reputedly hopping about this ‘Anti-English‘ move by the SNP. Fraser will demand that the Scottish app is fully tested for his Orange phone!