The Northern Province is a ‘test-bed’ for the app
The app – CoronaMelder – can be downloaded by everyone in the province of Drenthe. The test in Drenthe is a trial of how well the app works in combination with the regular source and tracking contact research by the GGD whenever someone has a positive Coronavirus test. If the trial yields good results, the app will also be available for download in the rest of the Netherlands
CoronaMelder is available in the Play Store (Android) and App Store (iOS). Mobile phones with the app exchange signals to measure the proximity between devices. If someone indicates in the app that they have the Coronavirus, other users who have been close by for at least 15 minutes will receive a warning message, reports RTV Drenthe.
By using bluetooth, CoronaMelder works without recording either personal or location data. Even if you get the Coronavirus and report this via the app, it cannot be linked to any personal data. The app is also being tested in Overijssel and a part of Gelderland. The app can also be downloaded in other regions, but CoronaMelder will not work outside of Drenthe, and the regions of Overijssel and Gelderland mentioned, yet.
Initially, the app was to be tested in the Rotterdam region, but that has now been moved to Drenthe. The GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond is too busy at the moment, with a huge spike in Coronavirus cases recorded in the region, so the GGD Drenthe offered to take over the test. If the trial is successful, the app is expected to be used throughout the Netherlands from September.
The GGD Drenthe considers the app ‘a valuable addition to the current source and contact research’. “We believe it is important to contribute to slowing down the virus,” said spokesman Bart Raaijmakers. The trial will run until August 28.