# contact tracing

A photograph taken on June 3, 2020, shows on a mobile phone the tracking application StopCovid developed by the French government in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19 as France eases lockdown measures taken to fight against the novel coronavirus. - France's StopCovid mobile app, a voluntary system designed to alert users if they have been in close proximity of someone who has tested positive for the virus, was made available on June 2, 2020. (Photo by Denis Charlet / AFP)
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Varying degrees of success for coronavirus apps in Europe

Designed to help fight the spread of the coronavirus, tracking applications have encountered a series of challenges since their launch, from privacy concerns to technical glitches
This picture taken on May 28, 2020, shows a figurin on a mobile phone diplaying a screenshot of the tracking application StopCovid developed by French government in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Paris. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)
This picture taken on May 28, 2020, show […]

Virus apps expose tension between privacy and need for data

As more governments turn to tracing apps in the fight against the coronavirus, tension between the need for public health information and privacy rights has been thrust into the spotlight
A man holds a mobile phone diplaying a screenshot of the tracking application StopCovid developed by the French government in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19, on May 27, in Paris, as France eases lockdown measures taken to fight against the novel coronavirus. - French parliament is due to vote in the afternoon of May 27, 2020 on the StopCovid tracking application. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)
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Virus tracing apps: Which countries are doing what

As countries emerge from coronavirus lockdowns, they are relying on phone apps to track a person's movements and who they come into contact with - a vital tool for limiting contagion risks
Callers attempt to establish who the patients spent time with — and may have infected — during the two days before their symptoms emerged. Photo: Aris Oikonomou / AFP
Callers attempt to establish who the pat […]

Belgium’s new profession, the Virus Tracker

With Belgian leaders still debating how to set-up and deploy a coronavirus tracing smartphone app, authorities have set up old-fashioned call centres to interview the infected
A man wearing gloves as a protective measure, holds a smartphone in Madrid on March 19, 2020. - Spain today announced that deaths from the novel coronavirus had jumped by nearly 30 percent over the past 24 hours to 767. The number of people who have contracted the disease has meanwhile grown by around 25 percent to 17,147, according to health ministry figures, bringing Spain's tally near that of Iran, the world's third most affected country after China and Italy. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
A man wearing gloves as a protective mea […]

EU looks to apps as way of easing virus lockdown

As the EU's economy reels from virus lockdowns, Brussels has unveiled a proposed roadmap to ease restrictions, relying in large part on smartphone tracking apps
Doctor Michael Grosse takes a sample from a driver through a car window at a drive-through testing point for the coronavirus in Halle, eastern Germany, on March 27, 2020. Photo: Ronny Hartmann / AFP
Doctor Michael Grosse takes a sample fro […]

Germany bets on S. Korean model in virus fightback

In the race against the coronavirus, Germany is betting on widespread testing and quarantining to break the infection chain, a strategy borrowed from South Korea