"Stop COVID" app successfully tracks infection contact in Latvia

This week, for the first time, a person infected with COVID-19 has been detected and contact persons alerted through the “Stop COVID” app, Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) told Latvian Television July 23.

Each third case of COVID-19 has been imported into Latvia. Unfortunately, at the moment, these cases continue to spread to family and friends. Secondary diseases occur when infected people continue to meet with others, said Jurijs Perevoščikovs, epidemiologist from SPKC.

Small outbreaks so far have been tracked and uncontrolled spread of the disease does not occur in Latvia.

International passenger transport carries out the registration of arrivals in Latvia. In case of infection, this allows tracing of the disease. Until now, however, there have been no cases where a specific international transport flight would need to be traced. 

Another way to discover infection routes is the “Stop COVID” app. This week, for the first time, someone's contacts have been detected and alerted through this app.

“A person cannot remember and name the passengers who were present on the bus, or people at any event, a restaurant. The app is meant for this purpose,” Perevoščikovs said.

Until now, every twentieth resident of Latvia has downloaded the “Stop COVID” application.

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