An innovative application called ‘Stop Covid’ has been created to help stem the further spread of the new coronavirus in Georgia.
The application aims to combat the virus by informing people if they have been in contact with a COVID-19 infected person.
The application does not require registration or personal information.
It gives its consumer a unique ID, through which it identifies a person's social contacts.
The data is kept in the mobile phone and the user has control over the data. The system is in line with European data protection standards.
Minister of Health Ekaterine Tikaradze presented the application earlier today. Photo: Ministry of Health.
The application is available for iOS users through the App Store by the name of STOP COVID, while users of Android can download it from Google Play by the name of NOVID20.
To discover which smartphones have been in contact with each other, the system uses technologies including Bluethooth, GPS. The application will log interactions that span more than 15 minutes and take place within two meters.
If an individual tests positive, they can inform the application, and can provide information pertaining to contacts in the last five days to the Health Ministry.
If a person tests positive for COVID-19, all other users which have been in contact with him in the last five days will be notified by applications in order to isolate themselves or go to the hospital.
The application was created by an Austrian company.
The model of this application has been used in Japan, South Korea and Singapore.