Here are the countries using Google and Apple’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing API

Here are the countries using Google and Apple’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing API

SARS-CoV-2, also known colloquially as just the coronavirus, has wreaked havoc across the world. Many countries shut down large parts of the economy in order to contain the spread of the virus. As countries reopen their economies, many health experts fear a “second wave”, ie. resurgence, of COVID-19. To prevent a second wave, public health experts are advocating that nations adopt contact tracing, ie. tracing all the people who have recently come into contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 and then undertaking steps to isolate those individuals. Contact tracing is difficult to implement correctly without violating an individual’s privacy. The threat to personal privacy was severe enough for Google and Apple to collaborate on an API that developers of public health agencies can use to implement app-based contact tracing solutions. This contact tracing API, which Google and Apple call the Exposure Notification API, is designed to respect user privacy and security.

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Once a user downloads an app that uses the Exposure Notification API and opts in to contact tracing, their device starts generating “proximity identifiers” that are changed every 15 minutes (on average). Via Bluetooth Low Energy, these “proximity identifiers” are periodically shared with nearby devices whose users have also opted into contact tracing. The proximity identifier is then processed on-device and does not reveal information about a user’s location or other personally identifiable information. Once a user confirms a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, they can share their diagnosis with the app they installed, which will then inform other users who have come into close contact with them in the last 14 days. For more information on how the Exposure Notification API works, we recommend reading our initial coverage.

Google first rolled out the Exposure Notification API for Android devices on May 20, 2020, as part of an update to Google Play Services, but its use is restricted to apps that have been developed by official public health agencies (for obvious reasons). However, neither Google nor Apple has made details public about the list of apps that have been whitelisted for using this API, so unless you’re constantly keeping up with the news, it’s hard to know which countries have adopted the API. We’ve previously covered some of the countries that have adopted the Exposure Notification API when we talked about the various open-source contact tracing projects that are out there. In this article, we have compiled a list of official contact tracing apps from designated health agencies from various countries that are using Google and Apple’s Exposure Notification API. Our list contains COVID-19 contact tracing apps that have been released or are currently in development.

We discovered Google’s hidden whitelist of application package names for the API. Subsequently, these package names were traced back to apps, their listing, and the countries they belong to. The information is compiled below in a table for easy reference. We have also added Google Play Store and Apple App Store links, if the app has been publicly released, as well as the source code and the official website link, wherever available. We will update the following tables as more countries/regions adopt the API.

Table Changelog

  • June 26, 2020
    • Added: Brazil, Ghana, Ecuador, Spain, Estonia, Egypt, Portugal, Croatia, MIT’s PathCheck SafePlaces
    • Package names updated: Canada, Alabama
  • June 29, 2020
    • Updated Ireland’s listing to include the source code
    • Added the name and package name of Spain’s app.
    • Google has updated the package name “eg.nc.moh.bruhealthtrace” to “egnc.moh.bruhealthtrace.” This matches the “BruHealth” contact tracing app from the government of “Brunei.” We have updated the table accordingly.
  • June 30, 2020
    • Added Spain’s Radar COVID app
  • July 1, 2020
    • Fixed Japan’s listing to reflect that COCOA – COVID-19 Contact App has already been released.
    • Added a separate table for open contact tracing implementations based on Google and Apple’s Exposure Notification API. PathCheck SafePlaces was moved to this table and COVID Shield and Common Circle were added.
  • July 6, 2020
    • Ireland’s COVID Tracker app has been released on Google Play and the Apple App Store, so the listing in the table has been updated with links to reflect that.
  • July 8, 2020
    • Added: North Ireland, the Netherlands (second app), Finland, and MITRE’s COVID Aware app
  • July 15, 2020
    • Added: Arizona, CV Key
    • Updated: New Canadian app, package names for UK apps, Mexican app, updated Ghana –> Gibraltar
  • July 22, 2020
    • Added: Nevada (?) pending verification
  • August 5, 2020
    • Added: Belgium (In-Development), New York (In-Development)
    • Updated: Virginia (Released), North Dakota (In-Development), Canada (Released), Croatia (Released), Ecuador (Released), Northern Ireland (Released)
  • August 10, 2020
    • Added: Slovenia, Arizona, South Africa (?) pending verification
    • Re-verified that released apps are using COVID-19 ENS.
  • August 13, 2020
    • Updated: United Kingdom (Released)
  • August 24, 2020
    • Added: Czech Republic (In-Development), Michigan (In-Development), North Carolina (In-Development), Pennsylvania (In-Development), Scotland (In-Development), Kazakhstan (In-Development)
    • Updated: Spain (now using ENS), Estonia (Released), Netherlands (Released), Slovenia (Released), Alabama (Released), Nevada (Released), North Dakota & Wyoming (Released)
  • August 28, 2020
    • Added: Guam (Released)
    • Updated: Portugal (Released), South Africa (Released)
  • August 31, 2020
    • Updated: Finland (Released)
  • September 1, 2020
    • Added: Puerto Rico (Released)
    • Updated: Czech Republic (now using ENS)
  • September 9, 2020
    • Updated: Scotland (Released), Spain (source code)
  • September 14, 2020
    • Added: Delaware (Released)
  • September 21, 2020
    • Added: California (Released)
    • Updated: North Carolina (Released), Belgium (Released), Kazakhstan (Released), Malta (Released), Pennsylvania (Released)
  • September 29, 2020
    • Added: New Jersey (Released)
  • September 30, 2020
    • Updated: New York (Released)
  • October 7, 2020
    • Added: Greece (Released)
  • October 14, 2020
    • Added: Jersey (Released)
  • October 15, 2020
    • Added: Michigan (Released)
  • October 19, 2020
    • Added: District of Columbia (Released)
  • October 23, 2020
    • Added: Colorado (Released)
  • October 29, 2020
    • Added: Cyprus (Released)
  • October 30, 2020
    • Added: Washington (Released)
    • Removed: Mexico, Philippines (Abandoned ENS)
  • November 2, 2020
    • Added: Lithuania
  • November 5, 2020
    • Added: Connecticut (Released)
  • November 9, 2020
    • Added: Oregon (Released)
  • November 10, 2020
    • Added: Maryland (Released)
  • November 12, 2020
    • Added: Hawaii (Released)
  • November 16, 2020
    • Added: South Carolina (Released)
  • November 23, 2020
    • Added: Minnesota (Released), Bermuda (Released), Russia (Released)
  • December 1, 2020
    • Added: NZ Covid Tracer (now using ENS)
  • December 22, 2020
    • Added: Norway (Released)
  • December 28, 2020
    • Added: Wisconsin (Released)
  • February 1, 2021
    • Added: Louisiana (Released)
    • Removed: Australia, Brunei, Kenya (pending confirmation they’re still in development)
  • February 25, 2021
    • Added: Utah (Released), Panama (now using ENS)

Regions with COVID-19 contact tracing apps based on the Exposure Notifications System (ENS)

Region App Name Android Package Name Status Useful Links
Austria Stopp Corona at.roteskreuz.stopcorona Released
Belgium Coronalert be.sciensano.coronalert Released
Brazil Coronavirus – SUS br.gov.datasus.guardioes Released
Canada COVID Alert ca.gc.hcsc.canada.stopcovid Released
Croatia Stop COVID-19 hr.miz.evidencijakontakata Released
Cyprus CovTracer-EN cy.gov.dmrid.covtracer Released
Czech Republic eRouška cz.covid19cz.erouska Released
Denmark Smittestop com.netcompany.smittestop_exposure_notification Released
Ecuador ASI ec.gob.asi.android Released
Estonia Hoia ee.tehik.hoia Released
Finland Koronavilkku fi.thl.koronahaavi Released
Germany Corona-Warn-App de.rki.coronawarnapp Released
Gibraltar Beat Covid Gibraltar com.gha.covid.tracker Released
Greece Exo com.pathcheck.gr.bt Released
Ireland Covid Tracker com.covidtracker.hse Released
Italy Immuni it.ministerodellasalute.immuni Released
Japan COCOA – COVID-19 Contact App jp.go.mhlw.covid19radar Released
Kazakhstan Saqbol kz.nitec.bizbirgemiz Released
Latvia Apturi Covid Latvia lv.spkc.gov.apturicovid Released
Lithuania Korona Stop LT lt.nvsc.coronawarnapp Released
Malta COVID Alert Malta mt.gov.dp3t Released
Netherlands CoronaMelder nl.rijksoverheid.en Released
New Zealand NZ COVID Tracer nz.govt.health.covidtracer Released
Northern Ireland StopCOVID NI net.hscni.covidtracker Released
Norway Smittestopp no.fhi.smittestopp_exposure_notification Released
Panamá Protégete Panamá pa.gob.protegete Released
Poland ProteGO Safe pl.gov.mc.protegosafe Released
Portugal STAYAWAY COVID fct.inesctec.stayaway Released
Russia Госуслуги.COVID трекер com.minsvyaz.gosuslugi.exposurenotificationdroid Released
Saudi Arabia Tabaud sa.gov.nic.tabaud Released
Scotland Protect Scotland gov.scot.covidtracker Released
Slovenia OstaniZdrav si.gov.ostanizdrav Released
South Africa COVIDConnect za.gov.health.covidconnect Released
Spain Radar COVID es.gob.radarcovid Released
Switzerland SwissCovid ch.admin.bag.dp3t Released
United Kingdom NHS COVID-19 uk.nhs.covid19.production Released
United Kingdom – Bermuda WeHealth Bermuda org.wehealth.exposure Released
United Kingdom – Jersey Jersey COVID Alert com.governmentofjersey.jerseycovidalert Released
Uruguay Coronavirus UY uy.gub.salud.plancovid19uy Released
USA – Alabama GuideSafe gov.adph.exposurenotifications Released
USA – Arizona Covid Watch gov.azdhs.covidwatch.android Released
USA – California California COVID Notify gov.ca.covid19.exposurenotifications Released
USA – Colorado CO Exposure Notifications gov.co.cdphe.exposurenotifications Released
USA – Connecticut COVID Alert CT gov.ct.covid19.exposurenotifications Released
USA – Delaware Covid Alert DE gov.de.covidtracker Released
USA – District of Columbia DC CAN gov.dc.covid19.exposurenotifications Released
USA – Guam Guam Covid Alert org.pathcheck.guam.bt Released
USA – Hawaii AlohaSafe Alert org.alohasafe.alert Released
USA – Louisiana COVID Defense org.pathcheck.la.bt Released
USA – Maryland MD COVID Alert gov.md.covid19.exposurenotifications Released
USA – Michigan MI COVID Alert gov.michigan.MiCovidExposure Released
USA – Minnesota COVIDaware MN org.pathcheck.covidsafepathsBt.mn Released
USA – Nevada Covid Trace Nevada gov.nv.dhhs.en Released
USA – New Jersey COVID Alert NJ com.nj.gov.covidalert Released
USA – New York COVID Alert NY gov.ny.health.proximity Released
USA – North Carolina SlowCOVIDNC gov.nc.dhhs.exposurenotification Released
USA – Oregon Oregon Exposure Notifications gov.or.covid19.exposurenotifications Released
USA – Pennsylvania COVID Alert PA gov.pa.covidtracker Released
USA – Puerto Rico Rastrea el Virus BT org.pathcheck.pr.bt Released
USA – South Carolina South Carolina Safer Together musc.exposurenotification Released
USA – North Dakota & Wyoming Care19 Alert com.proudcrowd.exposure Released
USA – Utah UT Exposure Notifications gov.ut.covid19.exposurenotifications Released
USA – Virginia COVIDWise gov.vdh.exposurenotification Released
USA – Washington Washington gov.wa.doh.exposurenotifications Released
USA – Wisconsin Wisconsin gov.wi.covid19.exposurenotifications Released

Thanks to PNF Software for providing us a license to use JEB Decompiler, a professional-grade reverse engineering tool for Android applications.

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Mishaal Rahman
Mishaal Rahman

I am the former Editor-in-chief of XDA. In addition to breaking news on the Android OS and mobile devices, I used to manage all editorial and reviews content on the Portal.

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