People who use the CoronaMelder and receive a warning via the app that they have been at risk of infection, can test themselves for the presence of the corona virus seven days after that moment, Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health) announced on Thursday at the inserted press conference because of the increasing number of infections.

The CoronaMelder app will be available on August 17 in the Play Store (Android) and App Store (iOS). The app will be tested in the GGD regions of Twente and Drenthe in the first two weeks.

In the period is tested to let users test a week after notification, even if they have no complaints. This trial was already announced in mid-July by the Ministry of Health. Experts consider testing after a warning from CoronaMelder to be critical to the potential usefulness of the app.

"We are looking into whether this can shorten the quarantine time," said De Jonge about having it tested without complaints. The same goes for people who come to the GGD as contacts of a person who appears to be infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Initially, the GGD region of Rotterdam-Rijnmond would be part of the test, but De Jonge mentioned Thursday the region of Drenthe instead. A spokesman for the GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond could not immediately answer the question why the region has lost weight. In Rotterdam, the number of infections has increased considerably in recent times.

The CoronaMelder app should become available nationwide on September 1. In the run-up to that moment, the Ministry of Health will probably announce whether the testing policy for app users and other people who come into the picture of the GGD will be expanded from that moment on.

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