“The corona app only works if enough people use it …


The crisis center provides more information about the recent figures and the launch of the corona app Coronalert, which can be downloaded from today. ‘Today I would like to call on everyone to download the application’, says the chairman of the interfederal testing & tracing committee Karine Moykens.

Over the past seven days, an average of 1,551 new infections per day have been detected in Belgium. The number of infections has thus increased by just under 9 percent compared to last week. Although infections do not seem to increase further, the percentage of positive tests remains high at 5.3 percent. “This proves that the virus is still circulating intensely on our territory,” says virologist Steven Van Gucht.

The number of infections is still highest in the Brussels-Capital Region. One fifth of all new infections in our country come from Brussels. After Brussels, the provinces of Antwerp and Liège follow.

10,000 deaths

“Today the milestone of 10,000 deaths in our country was passed. Each of these deaths means a loss and deep grief that cannot be quantified, ”says Van Gucht.

The number of deaths in our country increased by an average of three deaths per day last week to an average of four deaths per day. “The increase in infections is now reflected in the number of deaths.”


As of today, anyone can download the Corona app Coronalert on their smartphone. The application has been tested by 17,000 people in recent weeks. The users gave the application a score of four out of five and Coronalert would also be user-friendly for the visually impaired. “But the app will only be effective if enough people use it. That’s why I want to call on everyone today to download the app ”, it sounds.

The app takes your privacy into account and only exchanges random codes via bluetooth. When a contact investigator contacts you, you can only provide names of people you know. The app, on the other hand, exchanges codes with people with whom you have had close contact with, for example, in the supermarket. These people receive an anonymous report and therefore do not know who you are.

More information about the Coronalert app can be found here.

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