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Germany’s new coronavirus tracing app will help break infection chains and allow the country to manage the return to normality more effectively, according to Health Minister Jens Spahn.
Spahn rejected criticism that it took authorities too long to develop the app, a joint project with telecommunications companyDeutsche Telekom AG and software developerSAP SE. It’s being introduced after Germany brought its virus outbreak under control relatively quickly, with the daily number ofnew cases far below the peak of close to 7,000 in late March.
“We are in a good situation and we want to protect that,” Spahn said Tuesday in an interview with ZDF television, emphasizing that the app is voluntary and personal data will be “well protected.”
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