Coronavirus Updates: Australia launches COVID-19 contact-tracing app

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Coronavirus Updates: Australia launches COVID-19 contact-tracing app
Coronavirus Updates: Australia launches COVID-19 contact-tracing app

The Australian government launched a COVID-19 contract-tracing app on Sunday to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

COVIDSafes uses bluetooth-tracing technology to find people who have been in contact with COVID-19 cases. Local health officials can then contact those who may have been exposed.

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The app is the only contract-trace app approved by the Australian government. Participation is voluntary.

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Digital contract tracing has been used in China, Singapore and South Korea.

Apple and Google plan to release their contact-tracing apps in May.

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