Belgian Coronalert contact tracing app downloaded 1 million times

The Belgian Coronalert app has been downloaded 1 million times so far, the Interfederal Committee for Testing & Tracing (IFC) announced. This means that about 15 percent of the Belgian population have downloaded the contact tracing app.
Actual use may be different. The IFC noted that the app will have added value in tackling the coronavirus pandemic only if enough people install and actually use the app.
Downloadable via iOS or Android, Coronalert works with green and red screens. A green screen means that the user has a low risk and has not had any high-risk contacts. Otherwise, the application will display a red screen.

The tool allows you to keep an anonymous record of contacts. When a doctor prescribes a test, the user receives a code that can be linked to the test result in the application. In case of a positive result, the person receives it via the application and can notify anyone they have come into contact with.

The increasing numbers show the importance of tracing contacts. The application is a very important part of this,” said Carmen De Rudder, spokesperson for the Flemish Ministry of Welfare, Public Health and Family.

Belgium was just celebrating a record year for tourism in 2019, with a whopping 9.4 million overnight tourists in Brussels alone. 2020 was projected to be an even bigger year until they had to close their borders.

The Belgian Government has introduced a traffic light system of high, medium and low risk regions. Travellers entering Belgium from high risk (red) regions will be required to take a test and to self-isolate for 7 days, provided you take a test on day 5 and that test result is negative for COVID-19. If you test positive for COVID-19 on day 5, you will have to remain in self-isolation for a further 7 days.

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