Fiji works with Singapore, university to test contact tracing app for COVID-19

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-11 16:59:28|Editor: huaxia

SUVA, May 11 (Xinhua) -- The Fijian government is now working with Singapore and the University of South Pacific (USP) to test a contact tracing app for the COVID-19.

According to a local news website Fijivillage on Monday, Fiji's Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said that a team at Fiji's Ministry of Communications is working with a team from Singapore and IT personnel from the Suva-based USP on the app.

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

Singapore has made available the source code for the contact tracing app for the deadly virus, he said, adding that the team aim to pilot the contact tracing app in Fiji soon to see the stability of the system before rolling it out nationwide.

The minister said that the app would assist in building confidence not only among the Fijian population but also for potential visitors to the island nation.

Currently, Fiji has screened 749,359 people, or 85 percent of its population for the COVID-19.

Fiji has so far reported a total of 18 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which, 14 have fully recovered and are in self isolation for 14 days at home. The four active patients are still in isolation and in stable condition. Enditem