Radar COVID was successfully tested in San Sebastian de La Gomera and was released for the rest of the autonomous communities at the end of last August. Although it was not compulsory, the Government set September 15 as the date for that the app would be available in all communities because each of them had to make internal adjustments to, among other things, decide which agency should give the code needed to report positives after PCR.
Even the source code has been released from the app for more transparency, a code that we analyze here with the help of an expert, but is still not available nationwide. We can download it, yes, but that doesn’t mean it’s informing us of possible contagion. We have contacted the various communities to to know the actual state of implementation of Radar COVID in each of them.
A common factor is the low implantation of the app
As we say, we have contacted the different autonomous communities to know the state of implementation of Radar COVID. The app is useless (something like that, because it stores a 14-day history) if there is no body that delivers the codes that notify that we are infected, and if that code is not entered into the app. But for everything to work, the code must exist and this is where the first problem appears: COVID radar still not working in Spain.
Radar COVID only works at full capacity in six of the seventeen autonomous communities in our country, although some others already have it in the testing phase. This is the case of the Community of Valencia which, for example, confirmed yesterday that it was beginning to deliver codes after PCR positives in a short initial phase. Aragon, to cite another example, is activating Radar COVID by province: in Teruel it works, in the rest we will see from September 21.
The implementation of Radar COVID is being uneven: active communities, communities in testing and communities without apparent plans
With this uneven activation of the app throughout the country, it becomes complicated to maintain control over the spread of the coronavirus, especially considering that some communities, such as the Basque Country, do not even inform us of their future plans or your intention to implement or not implement the app.
What does seem common to all of them, at least to those who tell us about it at the time of contact, is that COVID radar seems to be having a low level of installation by the public. Murcia, for example, indicates that it delivers few codes for the PCRs it performs with positive results, and the same is true in Andalusia and the Community of Navarra. Some, like Extremadura, emphasize that an awareness campaign will be necessary to publicize the app and its possibilities.
In which communities does Radar COVID work at the moment
- AndalusiaThe Andalusian community launched the Radar COVID app on August 24th and since then codes are delivered normally after positive PCR tests.
- AragonThe Community of Aragon is one of the communities that has the app working only in certain territories. Teruel is the only one that has the app working today and they hope to take it to more cities from September 21st. They hope to have it operational throughout the region by October.
- AsturiasThe Ministry of Health of the Principality of Asturias has indicated that Radar COVID is in the testing phase since September 11, with no confirmed date for its implementation.
- Balearic IslandsRadar COVID: The Mediterranean archipelago is one of the territories where Radar COVID works at full capacity since the end of last August.
- Canary IslandsRadar COVID: home of the Government’s pilot program in San Sebastian de La Gomera, in the Canary Islands Radar COVID has been operating normally since the end of August.
- CantabriaThe first one is a little bit later than some of his compatriots, but in Cantabria the Radar COVID app is working, and codes are being delivered after the positive ones in PCR, since the beginning of September
- Castile and LeonCastile and Leon is one of the communities that have not yet launched Radar COVID. The app has been in testing since the end of August and there is no confirmed date for its official launch.
- Castile-La ManchaAs in the case of Castilla y León, in La Mancha they are also in the implementation and development phase. For the moment, Radar COVID has no confirmed date for its implementation.
- CataloniaThe Department of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya does not offer information about the state of implementation of the COVID Radar app.
- Madrid RegionIn Madrid, Radar COVID is about to enter the testing phase. This test phase will be carried out in Guadarrama for approximately three weeks. If the results are satisfactory, it will be extended to other cities until the whole territory is completed. No date confirmed.
- Valencian CommunityThe Valencian Community is about to join the use of Radar COVID. Soon they will start assigning codes after PCR positives in a first phase of tests and the implementation of the app has no confirmed date.
- ExtremaduraRadar COVID: From Extremadura we have confirmation that Radar COVID has been in the testing phase since the second half of August and should be activated today, September 15th.
- GaliciaRadar COVID: like other communities, from Galicia we are informed that Radar COVID is right now in the development phase and without a confirmed date for its launch.
- La RiojaRadar COVID: again, Radar COVID in development phase and no date confirmed for La Rioja.
- MurciaMurcia is another of the autonomous communities where Radar COVID is already operational. Specifically, it has been operating since the end of August.
- NavarraA new autonomous community with the app running. From the Comunidad Foral de Navarra, we have confirmed that the app started working at the beginning of September
- Basque countryFrom the Basque Country they do not offer us information about the state of implementation of the COVID Radar app, or even about future plans for it.