Digital Health and Care Northern Ireland has announced its StopCOVID NI, contract tracing app, has now been downloaded over 500,000 times, representing approximately 30% of the Northern Ireland population.
A new feature was also announced this week, to confirm the date when a user’s self-isolation period will end. The functionality will be released before the end of November.

Health Minister Robin Swann, said: “The balance has been between privacy and precision – we now have enough users of the app, and sufficient numbers of positive test results, to make this information available via the app, without compromising anonymity.”
“Feedback though our app support line, indicates a public appetite for greater precision in the period of self-isolation, relating the advice to the date of their actual ‘close contact’ with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.”
It means that rather than isolating for 14 days from receiving the initial notification through the app, the user will be given the date when their contact occurred and when their isolation period can end.
The Health Board, said: “Once testing is completed, and subject to successful conclusion of discussions with the Information Commissioners’ Office it is planned to release version 2.3 to the app stores later this month.”

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