Germany's virus warning app sees 6.5m downloads

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Germany's virus warning app sees 6.5m downloads
Just a day after its launch, Germany's coronavirus tracing app has already been downloaded more than 6.5 million times - that's by about 7% of the population.
Chief executive Christian Klein told reporters that the Corona Warn app's "big success" was a testament to the collaboration between SAP and Deutsche Telekom, which created it in six weeks.
"There are well over six million reasons why the coronavirus has fewer chances in the future," Health Minister Jens Spahn said.
Germany's downloads are far higher than other European countries like France with similar apps.
Corona Warn uses Bluetooth and alerts users if they've been within two metres of someone who's tested positive, and complements a tracing and tracking system Germany has had in place since February.
The app suffered initial setbacks to its development over concerns for data privacy. As a result, the released version only saves data on individual smartphones, not in a central database.

Source: BBC