Germany is following other countries like Italy and France by releasing a nationwide contact tracking app. Jens Spahn, the Health Minister, indicated that the app will be released this week, and some speculation states that it will be released on June 16th.
The contact tracing app will use a decentralized approach to managing data, which will help ensure privacy is protected. The app is intended to work in conjunction with contract tracing infrastructure to inform users when they come in contact with a positive COVID-19 case, often through Bluetooth signals. After a positive case is identified, others can be tested and isolated to slow the spread of the virus. However nationwide contact tracing apps often rely on mass use to be successful.
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