Around 40,000 people have downloaded Latvia's Covid-19 contact tracing app

  • 2020-06-02
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Around 40,000 users have so far downloaded the Apturi Covid (Stop Covid) mobile app created in Latvia to trace contacts of people with Covid-19, the project's spokeswoman Elina  Lidere told LETA. 

She indicated that Apturi Covid has become the most popular Latvian app on Google Play and App Store. 

The spokeswoman did not have information about the regions and cities where the Covid-19 contact tracing app enjoys the highest popularity. 

As reported, the Apturi Covid contact tracing app is available in Latvia since May 29. 

Smartphones with the Apturi Covid app exchange signals or digital "handshakes" via Bluetooth, which will be encrypted on the user's phone. If one phone user becomes ill, the other will be warned that he or she has been in contact with a Covid-19 infected person. The infected person and the place where the contact took place will remain anonymous to the user.  

The downloading and use of the Covid-19 contact tracing up is strictly voluntary. The app created complies with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDR) and does not use data provided by the Global Positioning System (GPS) to track its users, mobile phone operator Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT) President Juris Binde said during a presentation of the mobile app.