Nicola Sturgeon humiliated as coronavirus app wreaks HAVOC on phones – ‘doesn’t work!’
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Scotland’s new contract tracing app was downloaded by more than 500,000 people since it went live on Thursday. The Protect Scotland app allows people to discover if they have been in close contact with someone who later tests positive.
Ms Sturgeon celebrated the app’s release on Twitter.
She posted: “My thanks to the HALF A MILLION plus of you who have already downloaded the Protect Scotland app.
“Please keep spreading the word – the more who use it, the more effective it will be.
“We are in this together and together we can save lives.”
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But the app has been heavily criticised online due to technical issues.
One social media user angrily demanded that Ms Sturgeon make the app more widely available for those who have older IOS phones.
He tweeted: “Make it available for all by making sure it works for people with older phones and on older operating systems.
“Stop Apple congratulating themselves for their work on this when it doesn’t work with older IOS versions because Apple doesn’t support them!”
Another user said: “Unfortunately I can’t download it on my iPhone 5S.”
While one Twitter user was furious that they have to download an apple update in order for the app to work.
They wrote: “Sadly I can’t download it. I have s6 iPhone / ios vers 12.4 and the app is requiring version 13.0.
“Unfortunately I can’t get that version. I think it’s RIDICULOUS!”
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Another user questioned: “What is the point in launching an app that a great many can’t use?”
The Scottish government said the software will support the Test and Protect system.
It said the app is “another tool in the fight against COVID-19”.
Until now, contact tracing has been done manually through a method that has been used for years to control the spread of infectious diseases.
Despite the technical issues, Ms Sturgeon has been urging the Scottish public to download the app and use it.
The iPhone 6 and older models launched before 2015 cannot run Apple’s most recent operating system.
Android phones also have to have the latest Android operating system in order to use the contact tracing app.
When asked about people who do not have access to smartphones, Ms Sturgeon said the more people who use the app, the more effective it will be.
She said: “We’ve built it from the bottom up using tried and tested approaches in our public health teams and the app is an enhancement to that.
“So if you don’t have a phone, if you don’t use the app, you will not be missed from our test and protect system.”
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