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World Corona warning app gets updates: This is the federal government's secret plan

20:40  03 november  2020
20:40  03 november  2020 Source:   businessinsider.de

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The federal government's corona warning app has been downloaded to cell phones more than 21 million times. The tool is considered to be an important instrument in contact tracing, as the health authorities are increasingly difficult to do this in view of the dramatic increase in the number of infections.

Business Insider now has confidential project plans from Telekom and SAP, which developed the app for the federal government. They show that the app for users should be significantly improved by March 2021.

More users should share their test results.

In future, app users should be encouraged to share positive test results with other app users. In particular, the unwillingness of users to share their results was recently criticized as one of the app's biggest weaknesses. Only 60 percent of users shared their results and warned other users. An update with a reminder function is therefore planned for the end of November (calendar week 48). They then repeatedly ask users to anonymously share their positive test result.

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The corona warning app will also warn users faster than before. So far, the anonymous data comparison with possible infected people is only provided once a day. With version 1.7. (also planned for the end of November), on the other hand, the cell phones should exchange several times a day.

Overview of when you could be infected

Version 1.10 should also be a significant improvement. which should not be available until the end of February 2021: So far, users have been warned if they have had a so-called "risk encounter". But if the contact was very short and over a sufficiently long distance, the app gives the all-clear. If, on the other hand, there is a high risk of infection, the app sounds the alarm.

In any case, it is then unclear when you might have been infected. According to the documents, that should change from the end of February 2021. Users are then shown a history of risk encounters so that they can understand exactly when an infection could have occurred. In addition, a contact diary is to be integrated into the app with the same system update in order to improve the tracking of encounters in the event of a positive test result.

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The mess of paperwork in restaurants should soon be over.

In addition, the app should also become more functional. So in version 1.10. Links to external service offers planned. According to information from Business Insider, the idea behind this is that, for example, when visiting a restaurant, users can do without filling out slips of paper with their contact details, which is sometimes perceived as annoying. Instead, they would check into the restaurant using a QR code and the Corona warning app would be informed about it.

For this purpose, app and pandemic statistics are to be integrated with version 1.8., Which is planned for the second week of December (calendar week 50). The aim is to increase the usage rate of the app. To this end, the updates provide for a number of technical optimizations, and texts are also to be translated into French, Russian and Arabic.

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Video: Corona warning app: Useful updates planned (glomex)

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