Belgium will develop a contact tracing app to map coronavirus infections after all, according to Karina Moykens, the new chair of the Interfederal Committee Testing and Tracing.
Tracing the coronavirus infections in Belgium will happen through a combination of trackers in call centres and an app, according to Moykens.
“Last Friday, the Flemish government decided to give the go-ahead for the app. I now hope to find the support to develop an app for Belgium,” she told Het Laatste Nieuws, adding that the app should be up and running in September, when people will likely be allowed to go to events again and the virus could be transmitted between people who do not know each other.
The goal is that the call centres will continue to do their job, and that the app will be used for the cases that would be missed with tracing through those centres. “It is important to identify contacts with people whose names or phone numbers you do not know,” she said.
Privacy will be guaranteed, according to Moykens. “We work with the DP3T platform that offers the highest privacy guarantee. Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands use the same technology,” she said. The EU is also working on a technical solution for the exchange of information between national contact tracing and warning apps.