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Plans To Trial Virus Contact Tracing App From Singapore In Place

The app was developed in Singapore and is called TraceTogether. It was launched in March to identify COVID-19 patients within two metres proximity using Bluetooth.
09 May 2020 13:03
Plans To Trial Virus Contact Tracing App From Singapore In Place
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Plans are in place to pilot a COVID-19 contact tracing phone app from Singapore as early as next week.

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said they hoped to pilot the app locally to see the stability of the system before rolling it out nationwide.

The app was developed in Singapore and is called TraceTogether. It was launched in March to identify COVID-19 patients within two metres proximity using Bluetooth.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Ministry of Communications is working with Singapore and a team of IT specialists from the University of the South Pacific on the app.“We had discussions again with the Singaporean Foreign Minister a few weeks ago regarding the fact that they have made available the source code for the contact tracing app,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“The Singaporeans are using it. We understand the Australians have a variation of that and we thank the Singaporeans because they have made the source code available for free.”

He said the app would assist in building confidence not only among the Fijian population but also for potential visitors to Fiji.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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