Between September 1 and January 5, users of the STAYAWAY COVID app introduced less than 25% of the codes generated by doctors into the application, which allow the identification of possible infections by the new coronavirus. The information also indicates that doctors generated codes for only 2.7% of the total confirmed cases since the launch of the app, until last January 5th.

Data from a source at the Institute of Systems and Computers Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC TEC), the entity promoting the app, to which the ECO had access, come after the Minister of Health announced that the contact tracking app has more than 2.8 million downloads. However, as has been happening, the insertion of codes was not surprising.

“The STAYAWAY COVID application had more than 2.8 million downloads and several codes inserted, but not as many as we would like,” said Marta Temido in December. The source now speaks of 2,921,162 downloads of the app on Android and iOS smartphones, as well as the Huawei brand, through the Huawei AppGallery.

According to the INESC TEC source, until January 5, the Shared Services of the Ministry of Health (SPMS) generated 10,560 codes that allow patients to mark themselves as infected in the application, thus sending an anonymous alert to people with whom have had risky contacts. It is, therefore, a very small part of the more than 378,000 cases of COVID-19 confirmed between September 1 and January 5, that is, between the launch of the app and the date to which the number refers.

On the other hand, only 2,578 people who had the code generated by the doctors voluntarily chose to mark themselves as infected at STAYAWAY COVID. That is, less than 25% of the total existing codes.

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