LET’S HELP AUTHORITIES TO TRACE CASES TOGETHER

Written by Jong Ching Yee

The Launch of TraceTogether app

Can’t remember where you have visited the day before? Don’t worry, the Singapore government has got you covered (literally)! Singapore has launched a new app known as TraceTogether, which keeps track of which other users you have had close contact with. This is to aid the current contact tracing efforts in lieu of the COVID-19 situation in Singapore. 

At present, contact tracing efforts are done based on the interviewee’s memories. However, there are bound to be instances of memory slip whereby individuals forget the places they have visited or the people they have met. With TraceTogether, this app helps authorities to conduct contact tracing and inform close contacts of COVID-19 cases within a shorter period of time.

Dr Janil Puthucheary, Minister-in-charge of GovTech, explained the app’s importance: “The faster the contact tracing process can be initiated and can identify the people at risk, the faster we can intervene and impose quarantine if necessary and limit spread locally.”

Although it is not compulsory to download the app, those who already have it must enable their Bluetooth settings for tracing to be done

The Current Situation

As of 22nd March, there are a  total of 455 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Singapore, of which more than 140 have been discharged. 

However, the number of imported cases has been on the rise as more Singaporeans return from severely affected countries such as the UK and the USA. According to experts, this trend is expected to continue for at least the next two weeks following more lockdowns around the world. 

With the current situation continuing to unravel, the authorities have ordered all gatherings involving 250 or more participants to be suspended. The annual National School Games has been suspended till after the June school holidays and the Ministry of Education has confirmed that it will not be held beyond August due to examinations. 

During this period, let us remember to practise #socialdistancing and stay healthy!

2 Comments

  1. Lee Chee Yann
    March 25, 2020

    An important note: the app DOES NOT keep track of where you’ve been, only who you’ve been in contact with. It’ll know that at a certain time, you were in the same place as someone else, but it does not know where this place is. It was implemented this way to manage privacy concerns.

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    1. Lee Chee Yong
      March 26, 2020

      Hi Chee Yann, thanks for pointing it out. The article has been edited accordingly.

      Reply

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