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Portugal is launching its application against COVID-19 and promoting its use as a “civic duty”.

The Portuguese government this Tuesday officially presented the “Stayway Covid” application, a system similar to that already in use in other countries, which Prime Minister António Costa has called as a “civic duty” to alert on mobile phones to potential contacts of risk of exposure the coronavirus.

Costa has defended that the motion is intended as an “instrument” more to fight the pandemic in Portugal without ignoring other types of preventive measures such as the use of a mask or maintaining social distance using the RTP string. More than 120,000 downloads have already been carried out in four days.

The application enables a patient who tests positive for COVID-19 to alert anyone with whom they have been less than two meters apart for at least 15 minutes in the past 14 days. Costa defended that in this way not only acquaintances or relatives could be reached, but also unrelated people would be alerted.

Portugal is launching its application against COVID-19 and promoting its use as a “civic duty”.
Portugal is launching its application against COVID-19 and promoting its use as a “civic duty”.

The Portuguese Ministry of Health reported 231 additional infections in the past 24 hours this Tuesday, including 119 in the Lisbon region and the Tagus Valley. In total, at least 58,243 have been infected with coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic.

On the flip side, the death toll has risen to 1,824, two more than on Monday, while the number of active cases now tops 14,300 after the surge in recent weeks.

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