Australia uses hi-tech to collect information in the country to combat against coronavirus, with asking Australians to download a phone app that will monitor their movements but only with their express permission.
The Australian Government believes limitations on the community could be eased in the months ahead if there’s more testing, greater surveillance of those infected by the coronavirus and much faster tracing of those they’ve had contact with.
Australian Government has developed a mobile phone app with the private sector to help monitor Australians’ daily interactions.
Australian Media reports the app will be ready in a fortnight but the Government believes it would need at least 40 per cent of Australians to voluntarily sign up for it to be effective.
The app would be opt-in only and not mandatory.
Australian Media reported the app would plot who had spent 15 minutes or more in close proximity with a person who proves to be COVID-19 positive.
Singapore has also created a similar app which is considered a more compliant society but only 20 per cent of its citizens have agreed to share their mobile phone data with the Government.
Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison discussed with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong regarding technological tactics in the fight against COVID-19, three weeks ago.