LatAm List – The Colombian government recently launched an app to help track the spread of COVID-19 in the country and to keep citizens informed with the latest updates and health advice.
The Colombian President Ivan Duque announced the launch of CoronApp as a preventive measure to monitor and control the spread of the virus. It will act as a central information source for the spread, prevention, and treatment of COVID-19 in the country.
“The CoronApp-Colombia application will contain preventive measures and will be free for everyone to download,” said Duque. “With this everyone will have information on last-minute issues and also on preventive measures,” he explained.
The app, which is available on android and IOS devices with no additional cost, allows users to register friends and family members who can update their health status, as well as provide the latest updates and prevention advice via text message. The app also contains emergency phone numbers for those affected.
Martha Ospina, Director of the National Institute for Health, explained that keeping informed was key; “The size of the epidemic can be mitigated with the involvement of the population. All Colombians must make a chain of response to reduce the risks.”
The app aims to reduce the spread and damage of the virus, as has been seen in other countries.
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