After the failure of StopCovid, Castex announces a new version for October 22

August 24, 2019 by No Comments

Despite the controversy over its ineffectiveness and high cost, the StopCovid app is not put in the trash of unnecessary digital gadgets, on the contrary. A new version of the coronavirus patient tracing app will arrive on October 22, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Monday October 12 on Franceinfo.

Launched in June, the current version of StopCovid has been installed 2.6 million times in France. This is much less than the UK and German apps, downloaded 16 and 18 million times respectively.

In addition, according to figures released by the government, only 7,969 people declared themselves positive. The app was only used to send 472 notifications to potential contact cases.

However, as revealed by “l’Obs” in June, the app costs more than 200,000 euros each month in maintenance and data security costs – a contract entrusted to Dassault Sytèmes via its subsidiary Outscale. Over four months, the cost therefore exceeds 1,700 euros per notification.

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Jean Castex himself admitted at the end of September that he had not downloaded the application. Monday morning, the Prime Minister tried to justify it, while making a mistake on the name of the app:

“I took a secure laptop, so I did not download TéléCovid (sic)”, did he declare.

The application does “Not had the desired effects”, recognized Jean Castex. “The government, the President of the Republic, have asked to work on a new version which will be officially launched on October 22 and therefore at that time I will download it”, he added.

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The Secretary of State in charge of digital Cédric O had admitted last week before the Senate that the application worked ” wrong ” :

“If we want to relaunch the application, we need to find relays and allies. […] If the medical profession thinks it’s useful, then they should say so ”, he insisted, noting “Lack of confidence” from which political speech suffers.

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A new company is due to replace the French CapGemini at the end of October, who until then worked for free as a project manager. It will be appointed through a tendering procedure.

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