The Dutch, CoronaMelder app was downloaded by 700,000 on Saturday 10th October, the very date it went nationwide, subsequent to earlier week’s Senate hearing in favor of using the app which prompted its user if he/she made contact with a corona patient.
As of now, the app has now been downloaded by at least 2.6 million people, reported by the ministry of health officials. The population of the Netherlands totals 17 million and experts believe that around 40% to 50% should practice the application, as it is an effective tool in stumbling the spread of coronavirus.
“If you ask me, at least 50% of the people should use it,” epidemiologist at Utrecht University Hans Heesterbeek said at the initial launch of the app “you can then get a clear echo of how much the coronavirus have infiltrated within our ranks. The talks about the CoronaMelder app first started in early April, it alarms its users if they pass 15 minutes or more in close proximity with someone who is infected by the virus, the data can be accessed by the authorities if the user allows. It is not an obligation to use the app, which features; swapping random encryptions with other mobiles via Bluetooth tech.
Minister for health Hugo de Jonge enquired the app to hint at the spread of COVID-19 in the wake of slumped efforts to fasten the course on a weekend. Testing first began in mid-April. The initial release date of CoronaMelder was September 1 but was negated because the emergency law authorizing subjected that its use was not approved by the national assembly. The app is accessible in English and Dutch, plus the info about how it works is present in a number of foreign languages online, namely German, Polish and Turkish.
If a person gets alerts he/she must get tested, but the test eligibility requires symptoms, due to this the person have to self-quarantine for at least 10 days, and some times it was not needed