SCOTLAND - Contact-Tracing App Developed

Arno Froese

Scotland is developing its own coronavirus contact-tracing app, which it hopes to have ready for use in the autumn.

It follows the failure of an NHS-branded app in England, which was trialed on the Isle of Wight.

Contact-tracing apps are designed to help prevent a second wave of the coronavirus.

They work by logging when two people have been in close proximity to each other for a substantial period of time.

If one of the users is later diagnosed as having the disease, an alert can be sent to others they have recently been close to, telling them that they should also get tested and/or self-isolate.

Since Scotland is adapting the Republic of Ireland app, which uses the Apple-Google framework, it will also be compatible with the apps used Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.

Scotland’s Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said existing manual contact tracing would continue to be used alongside the app.

“We also know that not everyone uses a mobile phone or will be able to access the app, which is why this software is very much there to complement existing contact-tracing methods,” she said.

Scotland’s app will be developed by Nearform, which worked on the Republic of Ireland’s contact-tracing app., 31 July 2020

Arno's commentary

While trials have been going on for some time with the much-promising contact-tracing app, security of data collected is one issue many nations are concerned with.

The Jerusalem Post reports: 

“I think digital contact tracing is unproven, unreliable, and in all likelihood, a dangerous distraction from manual contact tracing and other evidence-based public health tools,” said Albert Cahn, the executive director of S.T.O.P., 31 July 2020

Yet it becomes increasingly evident that this type of contact-tracing app will become necessary; if not now, then in the not-too-distant future. 

One thing the world has learned is that coronavirus is real, although preventing the spread of the virus has become an issue of extreme diverse opinions. In many countries, there are protests against the various lockdowns and government instructions.

Particularly churches in some cases, vehemently oppose the various restrictions by quoting Hebrews 10:25: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is…” However, one must realize that the government is responsible for the security of its citizens. For example, the US would be greatly upset if Canada were to poison streams flowing into the US, or vice-versa; that threatens public health. Such is the case with a heretofore not fully known coronavirus. A number of cases have been registered where synagogues, mosques, and churches were proven to be an incubator for spreading the virus. Subsequently, the government takes precautionary measures, for they are responsible for public health. Religious meetings that have been proven to spread the virus continue to do so beyond the walls of their facility. Members go to public places such as supermarkets, thus becoming a danger to the general public. Whenever, whoever, and wherever meetings are open to the public, they must subject themselves to the government’s authority and regulations.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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