Unfortunately, coronavirus is still alive and well, which means that apps are still needed for tracking. Fortunately, an issue with apps developed using Google’s Android Exposure Notifications System that affected tracking apps in multiple countries has been fixed, so COVID-19 tracking now works on Android devices again.

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9 tracking apps are important for most people’s livelihoods, prompting Google to issue a statement when a loading message issue presented itself at some point yesterday. This issue was attributed to apps not being able to download diagnostic keys from servers, and it affected all apps built with the Android Exposure Notifications System, which included the NHS COVID-19 app used in the UK and Wales, as well as the CoronaMelder app in the Netherlands. Some found that restarting the phone or entering and exiting flight mode would clear the notification, but an app as prominent as this one obviously needed a legitimate solution.

Fortunately, Google was able to put together a solution very quickly. A Google spokesman told Engadget: “It can take a few hours for devices to catch up, and in some cases we will work directly with developers to help with recovery. The issue did not result in data loss or potential exposures.” The app still collected contact tracking keys and exposure tracking while the issue was live, so the issue should not have had a direct impact on anyone’s health.