Glitches dent German enthusiasm for Covid contact-tracing app

Despite being downloaded more than 18m times, the app’s effectiveness is now being questioned

As Britain prepares to unveil its own coronavirus contact-tracing app, Germany is drawing less than enthusiastic first conclusions about the effectiveness of battling the pandemic with your smartphone.

A hundred days after its launch, German authorities conceded that IT glitches and poor communication channels with laboratories make the country’s Corona-Warn-App “one more tool of many” rather than a Covid-19 cure-all.

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