Estonian ministers urge people to download Hoia app

  • 2020-09-03
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, Minister of Finance Martin Helme and Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu called on Estonian people to download the Hoia app, which aims at curbing the spread of the coronavirus with the help of app users.

Helme said at the government's press conference on Thursday that he is "paranoid on a half-time basis -- full time on some days -- and does not want Big Brother in his pocket;" however, the minister said that he immediately downloaded the Hoia app.

Helme said that Hoia is a very well thought out, functional, cost-effective and anonymous way for combating the virus. The minister noted that it was "made for the Estonian state virtually free of charge," and urged everyone to download it. 

Ratas and Reinsalu likewise called on all people of Estonia to use the app. 

The foreign minister added, however, that he has not been successful at downloading the app as the security programs on his mobile phone prevent him from doing so.

According to data by the Health and Welfare Information Systems Center, as at Thursday, Hoia had been downloaded close to 85,000 times and 13 people had marked themselves as being ill on the app.