Spain to trial coronavirus tracing app on Canary Island By Reuters

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By Isla Binnie

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain will attempt out a fresh smartphone app aimed at thwarting the spread of the coronavirus by injecting a huge selection of false cases into the system in a test run starting on Friday on the Canary Island of Gomera.

The simulation is element of a system intended to send an alert when one user has been around contact with yet another who receives a postive diagnosis, the us government said.

“The idea is that approximately 3,000 people download it and we will introduce around 300 simulators, beta testers, to mimic a pandemic among 10% of the population,” a government spokeswoman said.

It use Bluetooth short-range radio to log contacts.

To guard against impinging on people’s privacy, contact records will undoubtedly be stored on individual devices rather than a central server, employing a standard manufactured by Apple (NASDAQ:) and Google (NASDAQ:).

The trial will start on Friday and continue for a fortnight, a period the us government hopes will undoubtedly be enough to prove perhaps the app might be rolled out across the country.

Technology and defence company Indra has been contracted to manage the pilot at a cost around $375,000.

Gomera is home to about 22,000 residents close to the tourist hotspot of Tenerife.

More than 28,000 individuals have died in the coronavirus pandemic in Spain, however the situation has eased and the country is emerging from the strict lockdown.

The government is anxious to get the tourist industry, a mainstay of the economy, back on its feet and the Canary Islands are a popular destination. They had 2,398 confirmed coronavirus cases out of a national total of 245,268 as of June 18.

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