French contact-tracing app sent just 14 notifications after 2 million downloads

Only 68 people entered a positive COVID-19 test result on the app, says France's junior minister for digital affairs.

French contact-tracing app sent just 14 notifications after 2 million downloads

PARIS — Of the 1.9 million French people who downloaded the country’s contact-tracing app “StopCovid,” only 68 entered a positive COVID-19 test result and just 14 were notified of an at-risk encounter, French junior minister for digital affairs Cédric O said Tuesday.

“There has been an upward trend in uninstalling over the last few days, to the tune of several tens of thousands per day,” O added. Over the past three weeks, 460,000 had people uninstalled the app.

This increase is attributed by Cedric O to the “decline in concern” about the epidemic in France.

The junior minister also addressed concerns regarding the app’s centralized approach, which makes it incompatible with apps from several other EU countries that rely on a “decentralized” technology championed by Apple and Google.

“Personally, I regret that we don’t have interoperability with other European countries… but the health impact is limited: If you go on holiday in Spain, you can download the Spanish app,” he said.

France’s contact-tracing app development team is working on a new iteration of its protocol DESIRE.

“We’ve been working with Spanish and German teams to implement a proof of concept of that new protocol so that it could be released during the first half of July,” said Bruno Sportisse, head of the National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology.

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White House trade adviser Peter Navarro suggested Sunday the president never issued such an explicit directive, telling CNN Trump’s remarks were “tongue in cheek.”

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