Latvia’s upcoming COVID-19 tracking app will be one of the first to use the Apple-Google Contact Tracker API, and could work with apps launched in other European countries,media outlet AppleInsider reported.
The app, called Apturi Covid, “Stop COVID” will use Apple-Google’s new tool. The update allows the public health agency APP to alert users to the potential risk of exposure to the new coronavirus by determining whether a user has entered the range of a potential carrier of the virus.
“Developers believe that reliance on this standard will ensure widespread adoption, as well as compatibility with contact tracking APPS worldwide over time, and that these apps are expected to adopt the same exposure notification framework,” the app’s developers said in a statement, according to Reuters. “
When launched, the app will only be used in Latvia, but the country plans to link the app to other regional versions, such as those developed in Germany, Switzerland and Estonia. This allows those travelling within the EU to be continuously monitored for contact tracking, even if they are not at home. The aim is to help limit the spread of COVID-19 as countries begin to relax restrictions on movement. In theory, such an app would help people stay social when they travel and limit the activities of people who may be carrying viruses.
Other countries have started to develop their own contact tracking applications, but with limited success. The Australian government has admitted that its Covidsafe app does not work on the iPhone because it does not use Apple’s “exposure notification” framework. Singapore’s TraceTogether has a similar problem.