Madrid launches coronavirus diagnosis app to relieve call centre

Madrid launches coronavirus diagnosis app to relieve call centre
The coronavirus hotline has been so overwhelmed with the hundreds of hourly calls from people worried that they have contracted covid-19 that authorities have launched a self-diagnosing phone app.

Madrileños who called to report symptoms have complained of long periods of being on hold, followed by calls being dropped. Those that have had success getting through are often told to expect a call back by a  medic only to still be waiting 72 hours later.

The service at was announced on Thursday and invites those who display symptoms to log their clinical progress and receive recommendations on how best to treat them.



The app invites the user to log their temperature every 12 hours.

It also takes a record of your telephone number and address so that health authorities can find you if your symptoms worsen.

It explains that the objective is to “help all professionals working for your health and wellbeing”.

The coronavirus hotline for the Madrid region, 900 102 112, continues to be operational and those with severe symptoms and great difficulty breathing who feel that there life is in danger are still being told to call the general emergency line, 112.

Madrid remains the focus of the epidemic that has swept across Spain, even as residents are confined to their homes.

Hospitals in the capital are in crisis as they attempt to deal with the huge surge of cases. Official data on Thursday showed that there were close to 14,000 reported cases of the coronavirus and more that 620 deaths. 




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