Radar COVID was successfully tested in San Sebastián de La Gomera and was released for the rest of the autonomous communities at the end of last August. Although it was not done on a mandatory basis, the Government set September 15, today, to that the app was available in all communities Because each of them had to make internal adjustments to, among other things, decide which organism should give the necessary code to report positives after PCR.
Even the source code of the app has been released for greater transparency, a code that we analyze here with the help of an expert, but it is still not available throughout the country. We can download it, yes, but that does not mean that it is informing us of possible infections. We have contacted the different communities to know the real status of implementation of Radar COVID in each one of them.
Something common, the low implementation of the app
As we say, we have contacted the different autonomous communities to find out the status of implementation of Radar COVID. The app is useless (something like that, because it stores a 14-day history) if there is no agency that delivers the codes that notify us that we are infected, and if this code is not entered into the app. But for everything to work, the code must exist and this is where the first problem appears: Radar COVID still does not work throughout Spain.
COVID radar only works at full capacity in six of the seventeen autonomous communities of our country, although some more have it already in the testing phase. This is the case of the Valencia Community, which, for example, confirmed yesterday that it was beginning to deliver codes after PCR positives in a brief initial phase. Aragon, to cite another example, is activating COVID Radar by provinces: in Teruel it works, in the rest we will see from September 21.
The implementation of Radar COVID is being uneven: active communities, communities in testing and communities without apparent plans
With this uneven activation of the app throughout the national territory, it is difficult to maintain control over the spread of the coronavirus, especially considering that some communities, such as the Basque Country, do not even inform us of their future plans or their intention to implement the app or not.
What does seem common to all of them, at least to those who tell us at the time of contact, is that Radar COVID seems to be having a low level of installation by the public. Murcia, for example, tells us that it provides few codes for the PCR carried out with a positive result, and the same occurs in Andalusia and the Autonomous Community of Navarra. Some, like Extremadura, emphasize that an awareness campaign will be necessary to publicize the app and its possibilities.
In which communities does Radar COVID work right now?
Andalusia: the Andalusian community launched the Radar COVID app on August 24 and since then codes have been delivered normally after the positives in the PCR tests.
Aragon: the Community of Aragon is one of those that has the app working only in certain territories. Teruel is the only one that has the app operational today and they hope to bring it to more cities as of September 21. They trust that in October it will be operational throughout the region.
Asturias: from the Ministry of Health of the Principality of Asturias they tell us that Radar COVID has been in the testing phase since last September 11, with no confirmed date yet for its launch.
Balearics: the Mediterranean archipelago is one of the territories in which Radar COVID has been operating at full capacity since the end of last August.
Canary Islands: home of the Government pilot program in San Sebastián de La Gomera, in the Canary Islands COVID Radar has been operating normally since the end of August.
Cantabria: slightly later than some of their compatriots, but in Cantabria the Radar COVID app is working, and codes are being delivered after PCR positives, since the beginning of September
Castile and Leon: Castilla y León is among the communities that have not yet launched Radar COVID. The app has been in testing since the end of August and there is no confirmed date for its official launch.
Castilla la Mancha: as in the case of Castilla y León, in La Mancha they are also in the implementation and development phase. For now, Radar COVID has no confirmed date for its launch.
Catalonia: the Department of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya does not offer us information about the status of implementation of the Radar COVID app, they will inform the media and citizens when there is news in this regard.
Madrid’s community: in Madrid, Radar COVID is about to enter the testing phase. This test phase will be carried out in Guadarrama for approximately three weeks. If the results are satisfactory, it will be extended to other cities until the entire territory is completed. No confirmed date.
Valencian Community: the Valencian Community is about to join the use of Radar COVID. They will soon begin to assign codes after PCR positives in a first phase of tests and the implementation of the app has no confirmed date.
Estremadura: from Extremadura they confirm that Radar COVID has been in the testing phase since the second half of August and should be activated today, September 15.
Galicia: Like other communities, from Galicia they inform us that Radar COVID is currently in the development phase and without a confirmed date for its launch.
The Rioja: again, Radar COVID under development and with no confirmed date for La Rioja.
Murcia: Murcia is another of the autonomous communities in which Radar COVID is already operational. Specifically, operating since the end of August.
Navarre: a new autonomous community with the app running. The Autonomous Community of Navarra confirms that the app started operating at the beginning of September
Basque Country: from the Basque Country they do not offer us information about the implementation status of the Radar COVID app, not even about future plans on it.
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