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Dr Sarah Milligan

Dr Sarah Milligan

Freddie Parkinson

Carol McCorry at the tracing programme centre

Carol McCorry at the tracing programme centre

Freddie Parkinson

Gavin Dalzell at the tracing programme centre

Gavin Dalzell at the tracing programme centre

Freddie Parkinson

Dr Sarah Milligan

Contact tracing is nothing new.

It is used here in Northern Ireland to deal with outbreaks of a variety of conditions, even for the likes of sexually transmitted infections, and it is one of the interventions that have been used to effectively control Ebola virus disease outbreaks in Africa.

Hopes are high that it will help keep a lid on the number of Covid-19 infections, allowing children to return to class - and, if numbers of cases drop low enough, even help those who are shielding to return to some kind of normality.