Wed, 12 Aug 2020

DUBLIN, Ireland - By 5:00pm on Tuesday evening the new Covid Tracker App for Ireland had been downloaded 545,000 times, equivalent to 11% of the population of the country.

The app was launched on Tuesday.

The same day he Health Protection Surveillance Centre said another person with COVID-19 had died overnight. The total number of deaths connected to the disease now stands at 1,742. Twnty-four new cases were reported.

"As of 5pm this evening, the Covid Tracker App had approximately 545,000 downloads. This is one more example of the solidarity and collective spirit that has characterised the Irish public's response to COVID-19 to date," Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said Tuesday night.

"The app is an important tool to support our contact tracing systems. It has the potential to reduce the time that people are active in the community with infection, which will have a significant impact on the transmission of the disease."

"The more people who download and use this app, the more effective it will be. It is a further opportunity for us to play our part in the response to COVID-19." - Dr. Glynn.

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