The numbers are climbing steadily: On Monday, the RKI reported 23,607 new infections, an incidence of 303.0 and 3034 corona sufferers who are being treated in intensive care units across Germany.
An evaluation from October now shows where Germans are most often warned of a possible infection. For this, data from the Luca app was analyzed. The result is more than clear: almost three quarters of all warnings from the health authorities went to visitors to bars and clubs.
For the anonymous evaluation, more than 181,000 warning messages from the app were scrutinized. Almost half of the warnings concerned clubs (49.1 percent) and just under a quarter concerned bars (23.2 percent). Warning notices via app and calls to users of the app by the health department were recorded.
In contrast, comparatively few warning messages were sent to restaurant guests. They received 10.9 percent of all warning messages, show the figures published by the operator of the Luca app in Berlin on Monday. Almost nine percent of the warnings went to the visitors of events and festivals.
Retailers (1.0 percent), cinemas (1.7 percent) and theaters, museums and cultural institutions (together 0.9 percent) hardly played a role. The areas of sports (0.8 percent) and spas / swimming pools (0.6 percent) also did not turn out to be “warning hotspots”.
Luca app helps to identify contacts
The Luca app aims to replace the mess of paper that would result from an analog recording of visitor contact data. This recording of contacts is required by law in most federal states. It cannot be done by the federal corona warning app, which anonymously records dangerous risk encounters. In addition to Luca, apps such as eGuest or Vida also offer contact recording.
With the help of the Luca system, the health authorities can choose between two different levels when making contact. On the one hand, users can be informed digitally about a general risk of infection. If there were several people at a location recorded with the Luca app who later tested positive for the coronavirus, the health authorities can also issue a targeted infection warning and point the people at risk to test centers in the area.
The Luca app has been criticized by data protectionists primarily because of a concept of central data storage. In addition, the use in the health authorities is very different, since some responsible people doubt the effectiveness of the Luca system. Hamburg is the pioneer in use. Almost 69,000 warning messages were triggered there by the health department in November alone.
By the way: The federal government’s Corona warning app can now read QR codes that were created for registration with the Luca app. However, the condition for this is that the organizers and locations update their codes created for the Luca app.
Competition trouble in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the hasty purchase of the Luca app is currently causing legal trouble. The higher regional court (OLG) in Rostock declared the purchase of March 8th of this year to be illegal on Thursday – and therefore ineffective.
The direct award was a violation of competition law, and an application for permission to continue the contract was rejected. The court thus upheld the action brought by the software company Vidavelopment in Wallenhorst (Lower Saxony).
In its reasoning, the court saw an unforeseeable urgency to obtain the app because of the pandemic, but the competition should not have been completely excluded. It would have been reasonable to ask for several offers.