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Italy to Launch Contact-Tracing App

ROME — Italy is poised to launch nationwide a contact tracing app in its efforts to contain COVID-19’s spread.

Technological Innovation and Digitalization Minister Paola Pisano told The AP Thursday that so far 2 million people have downloaded the Immuni app.

Immuni uses Bluetooth technology to notify users they have come into close, prolonged contact with an app user who has tested positive. Italy has a large elderly population, and many of them don’t have the latest phone models with Bluetooth.

Scientific experts advising the government say at least 60 percent of Italy’s 60 million people must use Immuni for it to be effective for contact tracing.

Pisano said that if everyone else does use the app then the elderly would indirectly benefit.

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