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Starting October, European Union (EU) member states have launched a cross-border coronavirus tracing network using a shared platform. The step represents the continuation of a pilot project including Germany, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, the Czech Republic, and Latvia. To date, coronavirus tracking and tracing measures have been carried out using national Covid-19 apps that notify users of their contact to potentially infected individuals using the same app. The new plan will see a Luxembourg-based EU server used to allow pan-European tracing and notification. The scheme, which will see national users opt into the EU-wide initiative, allows German users to warn users who have been exposed to infected persons from other EU states.
German companies SAP and Deutsche Telekom were commissioned by the EU to develop the necessary software platform for the interoperability gateway. The platform is being rolled out first in Germany, Ireland, and Italy, with other countries – including Denmark, Latvia and Spain – set to follow shortly. By November, up to 16 national Covid-19 apps could be linked as countries including Austria, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and Poland join the fold.