© Provided by Daily Mail The Australian Government's new voluntary coronavirus tracing app COVIDSafe is seen on a mobile phone in Melbourne The government hopes a broader testing regime and the contact tracing app will lead to a relaxation of the economic shutdown sooner.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said 1.13 million Australians downloaded the tracing app CovidSafe as of 6am (2000 GMT) on Monday, almost 4.5 per cent of the country's population.
As of now, about a million have downloaded the App in Australia already.
"The Government will work with Google and Apple to investigate whether the new functionality announced by Google and Apple partnership is beneficial for the app performance", a spokesperson for minister for government services, Stuart Robert, said in a statement.
In this March 21 photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern holds up a card showing a new alert system for COVID-19 in Wellington, New Zealand.
And let's not forget one key feature of an app: no one (especially not the Government) can access the data without a user's permission. COVIDSafe allows devices to perform a "digital handshake, quot; when they are within 5 feet of each other, notifying users if they have been in contact for more than 15 minutes with an infected person".
"What we have done is strip back the function so it has one job and one job alone and that is that if you are positive, to be able to make that available only to the state public health authorities, with nobody else having access", health minister Greg Hunt said.
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A mobile phone app to assist with the process of contact tracing will be introduced here next month.
"What we've done here is put in place what we believe are the strongest protections ever", Mr Hunt said. While these questions have now been answered, a rocky launch and differences between how the app runs on iOS and Android have raised fresh concerns. While for iOS, the FAQ originally stated that you need to keep COVIDSafe open to work effectively.
"No other government agency can use this information, no-one in the Commonwealth Government at all". Health workers interview people who have been diagnosed with coronavirus and work out who they might have recently been in contact with.
IOS devices are now unable to run the app in the same passive way as Android devices. Then, once the person agrees and uploads the data, only the relevant state or territory public health officials will have access to information.
Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy has said a "good take-up" would be just over 50 percent of the population.
'Finding out quickly means you can quarantine yourself or be treated much faster, protecting your family and friends from possible infection, and slowing the spread of the virus, ' he said. For example, experts could determine whether the app collects any personal user information without consent.
The government has said 40 per cent - or some 10 million people - would be needed for contact-tracing to be most successful.