Georgia has spent 412,116 Gel ($134,643/€119,683) to purchase the Stop Covid application created by an Austrian company in order to help stem the spread of the new coronavirus, says the Ministry of Health.
The application, which was released on April 16, aims to combat the virus by informing people if they have been in contact with a COVID-19 infected person.
The Stop Covid application has identified 10 people infected with the coronavirus. The last case was confirmed on June 7.
The Ministry of Health says that 203,684 people have downloaded the applications out of which 61 per cent are Android users, while 39 per cent are iOS users.
The application does not require registration or personal information.
It gives its consumer a unique ID, through which it identifies a person's social contacts.
The data is kept in the mobile phone and the user has control over the data. The system is in line with European data protection standards.
To discover which smartphones have been in contact with each other, the system uses technologies including Bluethooth, GPS. The application will log interactions that span more than 15 minutes and take place within two meters.
If an individual tests positive, they can inform the application, and can provide information pertaining to contacts in the last five days to the Health Ministry.
If a person tests positive for COVID-19, all other users which have been in contact with him in the last five days will be notified by applications in order to isolate themselves or go to the hospital.
The application is available for iOS users through the App Store by the name of STOP COVID, while Android users can download it from Google Play by the name of NOVID20.