ZAGREB, July 11, 2020 – A mobile application in support of contact tracing for COVID-19 in Croatia is likely to get approval soon for its publishing by Google Play Store and Apple App Store, the Jutarnji List daily reported on Saturday.

Contact tracing is perceived to be of particular significance as containment measures are lifted.

Specialists of the APIS IT,  Croatian agency that provides professional and implementation services to the public and government sector in planning, development and maintenance of their information systems, are working on the design of the Croatian version of this application.

The use of such application on Slovenia was on Friday approved by its national parliament.

Mobile applications are seen in the European Union as a means that can help trace and alert more contacts as they do not rely on the memory of the infected case. Apps can also trace contacts unknown to the case and can notify contacts quickly and can facilitate cross-border contact tracing, according to a guidance for EU EEA Member States.

Jutarnji List recalls that the application will be on a voluntary basis. It will not enable geolocation tracking of the mobile telephone owner, the daily added.


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