Even the French Prime Minister did not download a Covid-Tracing app


Jean Castex, French Prime Minister, speaks during the Business Conference of the Mouvement des entreprises de France (MEDEF) at the Longchamp racecourse in Paris, France on Wednesday August 26, 2020. France is loosening the cords of the stock market to get the economy back on its feet after months of efforts to stop the progression of the Covid-19 epidemic. , Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) – The French app to track Covid-19 infections is so unsuccessful even the Prime Minister has not downloaded it.Jean Castex admitted that he was not using the application during a talk show on France 2 TV on Thursday.

“I encourage the French to do it, but I didn’t do it,” he said. When asked why, he said given his job he was not too exposed to the virus. “I don’t take the metro,” he added.

Earlier this month, Castex was isolating himself after coming into contact with an official positive for Covid on the Tour de France.

The StopCovid app, which became available in June, alerts users when they have been in contact with a positive contact for Covid for an extended period. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal admitted earlier this month that the app had been a disappointment. Developed by the French research institute Inria, StopCovid was downloaded only 2.3 million times in the three months following its launch.

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