MEMBER for Mallee, Anne Webster, said that the launch of the COVIDSafe app is a crucial tool in helping Mallee and Australia get to the other side of the pandemic.

 

The Australian Government launched the new voluntary coronavirus app, COVIDSafe, an important public health initiative to help keep the community safe from further spread of the coronavirus through early notification of exposure.

 

“By downloading this app, you will save lives and you will save livelihoods,” Dr Webster said.  “It’s important Australians know we are making great progress fighting this virus, but it’s not over yet.

 

“As we begin to lift the restrictions, we need to have systems in place to allow for the rapid tracing of positive cases, to minimise the spread in the community.

 

The COVIDSafe app is that system. We need to increase testing, make tracing quicker and more efficient, and increase the capacity of our health system.”

 

The Chief Medical Officer’s advice is Australians should download the COVIDSafe app as part of the plan to save lives and save livelihoods. The more people who download this important public health app, the safer they and their family will be, the safer their community will be, and the sooner restrictions can be safely lifted.

 

The health initiative uses technology to automate and improve what state and territory health officials already do manually. COVIDSafe will speed up the process of identifying people who have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with coronavirus, quickly stopping further spread of the virus in the community.

 

The app has received strong support from states and territories and the health sector, which recognises it is a valuable tool that will enhance the ability to respond rapidly to local outbreaks, and the confidence to know the virus is not silently spreading throughout communities.

 

“Downloading the app will help us protect our families, our colleagues and our community as we begin to lift restrictions and go back to the things we love,” Dr Webster said.

 

Once the coronavirus pandemic is over and Australia no longer needs the app, the app and the information on it will be deleted permanently.

 

Since its release, the App had been downloaded by more than two million people. The App can be downloaded from Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.