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Northern Ireland Coronavirus tracing app ‘could avoid need for future lock’

The new mobile contact tracking app to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 could “potentially” avoid the need for future locks, but only if a large number of people download it.

top Covid NI will be launched late next week once it has been made available in the Google and Apple app stores, and is described as a “world first” in terms of how the app can operate across borders by one of its designers.

The proximity app anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with another user who has tested positive for the virus.