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Corona-Warning-App: Board of Directors sets a good example

Lord Mayor Ashok Sridharan and the department heads of the city administration support the German government's campaign to use the Corona Warning App. The more people use the app, the more effective its use will be in limiting the coronavirus pandemic.

The members of the city administration's administrative board (VV) have already installed the app, which is available for free download from Apple's App Store or the Google Play Store, on their mobile phones. "I very much hope that as many citizens as possible will follow this example, because the app helps to detect chains of infection faster and more comprehensively and to interrupt them effectively," says Lord Mayor Sridharan.

The use of the app is voluntary and there is no central storage of data. According to the German government, it uses Bluetooth to measure the distance and duration of encounters between people who have installed the app. The mobile devices "remember" encounters if the criteria defined by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) are met, especially with regard to distance and time. Then the devices exchange random codes with each other. If people who use the app test positive for the corona virus, they can voluntarily inform other users. Then the random codes of the infected person are made available to all persons who actively use the Corona Warning App. Once the app is installed, it checks whether the user has met Corona-positive tested persons. If this is the case, the app will display a warning.

"The app is an important contribution to limiting the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, keeping a safe distance, observing hygiene rules and wearing everyday masks are the most important requirements to be implemented in the fight against the pandemic," says Bonn's Lord Mayor.

Current figures

The number of new Covid-19 infections in Bonn is still at a very low level. In the past 7 days 5 new infections have been registered in Bonn; this corresponds to 1.52 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants.

As of Tuesday, June 16, 2020, the public health department of the city of Bonn lists 9 people who are acutely ill with Covid-19. Since 29 February 2020, a total of 754 people have tested positive for coronavirus. 737 have recovered in the meantime, eight people died in connection with the coronavirus infection.

In the hospitals in Bonn there are 5 people from Bonn, the surrounding area and abroad who are ill with Covid-19; 1 person is cared for on a normal ward, 4 are in intensive care units, 2 of them have to be ventilated.

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