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Good app, shame about duopoly

Adrian Weckler


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Health Minister Stephen Donnelly launches the Covid Tracker app. Photo: PA

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly launches the Covid Tracker app. Photo: PA

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Health Minister Stephen Donnelly launches the Covid Tracker app. Photo: PA

Two weeks ago, this column called it. The Covid Tracker app would be worth downloading, we said. Its pros would outweigh its cons.

Last Tuesday, the Irish people agreed. About 1.1m people have now downloaded it. That is an astonishing take-up rate, even if almost all of the registrations were in the first 48 hours.

It won't stop Covid-19, but it will help.