On Tuesday Germany released its COVID19 contact tracing app pleading with the public to download it as the county tries to revive out of its COVID19 outbreak.
The app utilizes Apple and Google’s COVID19 API following the lead of Italy, Polland, and Switzerland in using the Silicon Valley approach. In April the project fell apart when government ministers initially rejected the idea of using the API only to then later get onboard with the idea. Following the apps release Germany’s Health Minister is pleading that anyone who can download the app should.
“Everyone who downloads the app, and everyone who encourages friends to do so, is making a difference,” Health Minister Jens Spahn told ZDF public television ahead of a launch event in Berlin.Reuters
The app launched successfully on Tuesday according to Reuters, and a recent poll shows that 42% of people would download the app, 46% would not, and 8% don’t have a smartphone. In order for such an app to work there must be widespread adoption in order for it to successfully track and trace the spread of the virus.