Italy has started using a corona warning app. Innovation Minister Paola Pisano confirmed on Monday that the app was launched in four regions on a trial basis.
According to the Italian news agency ANSA, about two million Italians have already downloaded the app.
Although the app can be downloaded in all twenty Italian regions, the warning messages are currently only experimenting in Abruzzo, Marche, Apulia and Liguria.
As the app is called, “Immuni” sends users a message if they have been around an infected person.
The app, developed in Milan, works with Bluetooth technology, which allows smartphones to connect at a short distance. The idea is that Immuni will go live all over Italy soon.
Italy is one of the countries most affected by the new coronavirus. According to Johns Hopkins University data, 234,998 Italians have been infected with the lung virus, and 33,899 have died.
Northern Italy, and in particular the Lombardy region, was the first significant source of infection of the new coronavirus in Europe in February.