Dutch coronavirus contact app won’t be a go until at least mid-October

Seven apps are being tested. Photo: Depositphotos.com
Photo: Depositphotos.com

The Dutch government-backed app which warns people if they come close to possible coronavirus patients will not be rolled out nationwide until mid-October at the earliest, broadcaster NOS said on Thursday.

This is because the legislation needed to anchor the app in law has not yet completed its passage through parliament, the broadcaster said.

The upper house of parliament will not vote on the legislation until October 6 at the earliest, but this could be delayed if senators have a lot of questions. Even if senators can pass the law on October 6, it will still take a week to finalise the legal paperwork and roll out a publicity campaign, a health ministry spokesman said.

The app has been available for download since mid-August and is currently supported by five regional health boards.

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