A new app for tracking and tracing coronavirus is now available in Northern Ireland.

Graphic showing mobile phone with Stop COVID NI appMost people with COVID-19 won’t know until they get symptoms. They could pass the infection without knowing they have it. Contact tracing is a method to help prevent the further spread of infections.  When someone has a positive test, it aims to let people they have been in close contact with know, so they can avoid passing it on.

About the StopCOVID NI Proximity App

Manual contact tracing involves calling people who have had a positive COVID-19 test, to try to find out who they might have passed it on to. They will be asked about people they recently have been close to (2 metres or less) for long enough (15 minutes or more) to have passed on the infection.

This helps identify people you know, to advise them to self-isolate, breaking chains of transmission, and slowing the spread of the virus.   

The App has been designed to assist in stopping the spread of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, by anonymously contacting people who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

It will help contact people you don’t know, that would not be warned by the manual contact tracing process, that they might be infected.

At present, the app does not link to the contact tracing service directly. Once someone has a positive test, manual contact tracing will be initiated. It will operate in parallel, encouraging ‘high risk’ contacts that might have been missed otherwise, to get tested.

Who should download the App

The StopCOVID NI Contact Tracing App is free to download and use to anyone who is resiLearndent in Northern Ireland.

The Service is intended only for people resident in Northern Ireland and the Service may not be otherwise used.

Users downloading the App who are not resident in Northern Ireland will not be able to receive authorisation codes, in relation to a positive test for COVID-19, as the app is linked to the NI test registry.

On downloading and activating the App, users are asked to confirm that they are resident in Northern Ireland, and if not, are discouraged from using the App, explaining that it will not work for them

You must be at least 18 years of age in order to download and use the App.

The app is available from both the Apple App store and the Google Play store:

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