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Source: Social Democratic and Labour Party of Northern Ireland

SDLP Health Spokesperson, Colin McGrath has welcomed changes to the Covid App following his request, which will introduce a number of vital improvements.

The South Down MLA commented:

“Following my own experience with self isolation after a close contact, I wrote to Minister Swann last month urging him to update the track and trace app to provide a definitive date in which a person’s isolation could end.

Given the app stores every contact a person has had for the past 14 days – it has been possible for people to be alerted about close contact with a positive case many days after they actually last had contact with the person. In such cases there is no need to isolate for 14 days from the alert, but rather 14 days from the last contact. To date the app has been unable to do this and blankly gave a 14 day isolation period from the time of the alert.”

“It was my view that this would be helpful and encourage more people to download the app and comply with it. This is particularly important for those who could not work from home and only received statutory sick pay, as it could potentially reduce the number of days isolating.”

“I am delighted that following my written request and probing at the Health Committee, these important improvements to the app have been made and an updated version will be available for download at the end of this month.”

“The track and trace app is a key tool in the fightback against COVID-19 and it is vital it is as effective as possible. I am pleased that these updates have been made and encourage everyone to download the app and play your part in saving lives.”

MIL OSI United Kingdom