German virus Program transmitted 1.2M Evaluation results in 100 times

Jens Spahn, Federal Minister of Health, and Julia Kloeckner, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, take part in the meeting of the Federal Cabinet at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

BERLIN — Germany’s coronavirus tracing program was utilized to transmit 1.2 million evaluation results from labs to customers during its first 100 days, officials said Wednesday.

The Corona-Warn-App, downloaded over 18 million times since its launching in June was touted by the authorities as a crucial tool in the nation’s attempt to contain the spread of this virus.

The program, like the others in Europe, has endured a range of technical hiccups, but Health Minister Jens Spahn insisted it must be regarded as a success. He noticed that many program users are now able to obtain their COVID-19 test outcome sent right to their telephones, without needing to await their physician to notify them.

“The quicker transmission of test results makes a massive difference,” Spahn said, adding that the tracing of all potential contacts is even more effective the earlier it starts.

Nearly 5,000 individuals with positive test results have used the program to warn others that they had been in close contact, ” he explained.

Spahn reported the warning messages displayed by the program, that have caused annoyance and confusion among several users, could be enhanced to provide clearer advice.

Obtaining precise data on the number of individuals alarmed about potential exposures continues to be hampered by Germany’s strict privacy guidelines, which imply the program stores all information only on consumers’ telephones rather than a central server.

Tim Hoettges, the chief executive of Deutsche Telekom, that developed the program with applications giant SAP, said over 90 percent of labs in Germany are currently able to transmit outcomes directly to consumers.

Efforts are underway to set up a European’gateway’ which will permit the German program to communicate with people in 10 other European countries, such as Italy, Poland, and Spain, that utilize the same decentralized, Bluetooth-based system, he explained.

Germany has witnessed an increase in coronavirus instances lately, although the growth has not been as eloquent as in most neighboring nations.

The Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s disease management agency, documented 1,769 additional illnesses from the previous 24 hours, taking the total to 275,927 because of the onset of the outbreak.