Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has urged local people to download and use the Scottish Government’s new tracing app ‘Protect Scotland’ to halt the rise of Covid cases.

The free app was launched today (10/09/2020) and was downloaded by more than 100,000 people through the Google and Apple app stores by the afternoon.

The app will complement the proven person-to-person approach of Test and Protect and supports the easing of restrictions by building a memory of other devices a user came into close proximity with which can be used to notify users in the event of close contact with someone who tests positive.

The app will be anonymous as users will not have to enter any personal information. The locations of users will also not be monitored.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“Protect Scotland will be an invaluable tool to halt a rise in Covid cases in Lanarkshire and across Scotland. For the sake of protecting yourself and the lives of others, I urge everyone who is able to download the app to use it to its full extent.

“Recent outbreaks of covid have been concerning. Everyone has a part to play in fighting it. If we don’t want to take a step backwards and have further restrictions imposed, then people must follow the guidance and, I hope, use the app.

“This is not a replacement for the Test and Protect programme which is essential. But it is an added layer of armour which can be used to protect people, their families and communities.”