Only one in four Norwegians downloaded the infection control app

Smittestopp appPhoto: Terje Bendiksby / NTB

At most, one in four Norwegians over the age of 18 downloaded the Smittestopp app, and almost 3,800 people have reported that they are infected via the app.

Sintef researcher Frode Strisland told the newspaper Aftenposten / E24 that these numbers are not enough for the app to be an effective tool in infection tracking.

“We must have over 70% to be able to detect up to 50% of the close contacts that take place,” Strisland told the newspaper.

The development costs of the latest edition of the app amounted to NOK 17 million, and it has been downloaded 1,030,000 times. Those who have reported the infection via the app make up 2.9% of proven cases of infection in Norway since the app came out in December last year.

However, the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) remains optimistic and believes that the app will help reduce the spread of infection even with low figures. 

The more people download it, the greater its usefulness, assistant director at the FHI Gun Peggy Knudsen emphasized on Saturday. 

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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