Fear downloads. Many. Something like 357,000 downloads in 48 hours or so. The constant growth of new positives in recent weeks has allowed Immuni the contact tracing app launched by the Italian government last June to break through 7 million when just on 2 October – as the app itself says – 6,679,118 had been downloaded. times.
To date, 7,036,898 people have activated it on their smartphones in Italy. This is 18% of active devices in our country, a percentage from which children under 14 are excluded. So far the application has sent 5,870 notifications and at the moment 357 positive users have uploaded the codes allowing to notify people who have come in contact with them. The data are disseminated regularly by the official Immuni channels, by those of the Department for Digital Transformation and by the Ministry of Health.
“Download the Immuni app. Help us to keep the pressure on hospitals low. Help us to guarantee treatment even for non-Covid-19 patients”, is the appeal launched today by the national union of hospital doctors Anaao-Assomed. In recent days, Walter Ricciardi, advisor to the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza, stressed that “if the majority of the population downloaded Immuni, we would have an extraordinary tool to put the epidemic under control”.
The app is free and voluntary and works with bluetooth which guarantees anonymity. After a debut with 500,000 downloads in the first day and two million in a week, it took a solid three months to grow. “It is a moral obligation to download it”, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in recent days, launching the awareness campaign to download Immuni. While almost all the newspapers, in print and online, mobilized over the weekend by reserving a space for the app. From 17 October, then, Immuni will begin to dialogue with its European counterparts. One more tool to track infections at a time when the virus also runs in other countries.
Italy, Germany and Ireland will be the first to let their apps talk. In the Union there are a total of 15 countries that have adopted or are about to adopt a tracking app, the average of downloads is 10%. A percentage that is far from the 60% target for the system to be effective in containing the pandemic.