Saturday saw a large-scale debut of the CoronaCheck app — here’s how it went

Saturday marked the first day to enforce the latest coronavirus measures in the Netherlands: dropping the 1.5-metre rule and allowing festivals, concerts, and clubs to reopen with larger capacities as long as attendees show proof of vaccination or negative coronavirus test result.

While the large-scale debut of the CoronaCheck app went generally smoothly according to the NOS, some reports of the app crashing did surface on that day. 🤳 

People who attempted to generate a QR code for events received a “Could you try again later?” error screen. So what went wrong?

DDoS and overloaded app

According to the Dutch Ministry of Health, as reported by the NOS, the CoronaCheck app failure was attributed to DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks — a cyber-attack in which normal traffic of a targeted server is disrupted. In addition, a large number of users overloaded the app at times. 

Overall satisfied

While the app malfunction caused long queue lines outside venues, satisfaction seems to have prevailed as “most people are not bothered by it,” told a ministry spokesperson RTL Nieuws.

Some disruptions

The only exceptions to the overall calm Saturday were a restaurant closure in Nijmegen and an official report against a café in Utrecht, where both establishments announced they will not be checking coronavirus passes.

How do you think this weekend went in the Netherlands in light of the new relaxations? Tell us more in the comments below!

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Farah Al Mazouni 🇸🇾 🇺🇸
Farah believes she's been on many adventures during her millennial life, each for a different (sometimes invisible) purpose. The latest adventure whisked her away to Amsterdam for love, and what a magical surprise she found in this city. Armed with imaginary confetti in her pocket, and ready to celebrate all wins, big and small, Farah says "ahla w sahla" or “welcome” to her latest adventure in this wonderland.


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