August 12, 2020
Business News

Waterford-made Covid tracing app unites Ireland

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has hailed the Waterford-made Covid tracking app as it was successfully launched in Northern Ireland today.

So far a staggering 1.46 million people in the Republic have downloaded the Covid-19 app, which was built by innovative Tramore-based company NearForm.

Minister Donnelly said: “I am so proud of what Ireland has achieved here. We had one of the world’s most successful app launches, with a huge uptake in the first 24 hours.  As of today, over 1.46 million people have downloaded it.  Now we have another world first, with cross-border interoperability.

“Public health has always been an all-island effort and contact tracing has always been undertaken across the border from both sides.

“The apps that Ireland and Northern Ireland have developed are another important tool in that effort, which will make sure that no matter where you are on the island, you can be sure that your app will work and you can be notified of any close contacts if you need to be.”

The minister also urged people to exercise caution and public health guidelines over the Bank Holiday weekend.

“As we head into a Bank Holiday weekend and enjoy some time off, I want to ask people once again to keep your gatherings small, know who you are in contact with, and download the app from the Apple or Play stores, to stay safe and to protect each other,” he added.

 

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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