The Dutch government announced on Thursday that it would launch a mobile phone application from September 1 to warn the population of possible contacts with people infected with coronavirus.
Dutch Minister of Health Hugo de Jonge has informed Parliament that the “app”, which will be called “Corona Melder”, is currently being tested and has stressed that security checks still need to be carried out at launch.
“We have to do everything possible to avoid a second wave of corona viruses. With the ‘app’ we can detect the virus earlier and prevent infections,” he said. “The more people download it, the better. We are the dam that can avoid a second wave,” he said.
The health ministry said in a statement that the download of the “app” will be voluntary, and added that user identity data will not be stored. “Nobody should be forced to use the ‘app’ directly or indirectly,” he emphasized.
The Dutch authorities have confirmed a total of 51,351 coronavirus cases with 6,137 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University published on their website.