NZ COVID Tracer App launched


By Amy Sarcevic
Wednesday, 20 May, 2020


NZ COVID Tracer App launched

The New Zealand Ministry of Health has followed in the digital footsteps of Australia and Singapore, today launching its NZ COVID Tracer app to support contact tracing during the pandemic.

Unlike Australia’s COVIDSafe app, which automatically encrypts the whereabouts of its users, the NZ COVID Tracer enables people to create a digital diary of each place they visit by scanning QR codes displayed at building entrances. Via the app, users can also register their personal contact details to allow the National Close Contact Service to reach them if necessary.

Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said the technology would help New Zealand fulfil its COVID-19 response strategy.

“One of our key public health responses to COVID-19 is to identify, trace and isolate cases and close contacts to prevent further spread. This app will help us do that. The more Kiwis that download and use it, the better placed we are to act promptly to keep other New Zealanders safe,” said Dr Bloomfield.

“Like all mobile apps, NZ COVID Tracer will be updated over time as new features are developed. In the next release, NZ COVID Tracer will be able notify you if you have been at the same location at the same time as someone who has COVID-19 and will allow you to send your digital diary directly to the National Close Contact Service.”

The NZ COVID Tracer is available to download from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. QR code posters for building entrances can be obtained through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Business Connect service.

Image credit: ©stock.adobe.com/au/zigres

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