The Canary Islands Will Host a Pilot for Covid-19 Tracing With a Mobile App

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The data that this application will collect will be anonymous, but it will allow us to have a vision of the movement of suspicious and positive cases.

The Canary Islands will host a pilot project of a mobile application for tracking infections by Covid-19 that will be developed at a European level, and in which the Canarian Government and the central Government are already working, through the Departments of Health, Public Administrations, Justice and Security and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation.

These types of tools record the movements of people who have contracted the virus and notify their contacts that they may have been exposed to a possible contagion, which will help control the spread of the pandemic. Being an interoperable app throughout the European Union and that will share databases at a European level, the tracking of cases will help to know the state of the pandemic in each region.

"This new mobile application, which already works in other countries such as Korea with good results and acceptance by the population, by warning a person of their possible contact with a positive in COVID-19, will facilitate the action of the health teams that they will be able to take the appropriate isolation and diagnostic measures, helping to reduce the impact of the pandemic.

"Knowing how the virus moves in a certain region helps, in the first place, to be able to take measures in the de-escalation and the return to normality, but also to quickly stop possible outbreaks of the virus, by quickly isolating the possible infected", adds the Executive.

In addition, he explains that the Canary Islands has been chosen by the central government for this pilot project due to its geographical condition as an archipelago and for being "a world-renowned tourist destination", and they hope that it will contribute to turning the islands "into a safe destination, since the app will allow virus movements to be controlled and, therefore, restrictions on external mobility will be alleviated as epidemiological and control data indicate so. "

Both governments emphasise that this type of tool "will be respectful of the identity and privacy of the people being tracked, always guaranteeing compliance with the Organic Law on the Protection of Personal Data."

Total Cases on The Canary Islands: 20:00 20/05/20

Confirmed: 2,307

Deaths: 155

Recoveries: 1,652