COVID-19: careFIJI app developed for efficient contact tracing

Singapore's new contact-tracing smartphone app called TraceTogether - a preventive measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus in Singapore. Photo: AFP

A mobile app called ‘careFIJI’ has been developed under the digitalFIJI initiative that will harness phones’ Bluetooth technology to make any future contact tracing faster, easier, and more effective while protecting the privacy of the user.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said if enough Fijians used careFIJI, “we’ll be able to avoid large-scale lockdowns entirely”.

He said more importantly, widespread adoption of careFIJI would help save lives, bring back jobs, and increase confidence among tourism and trading partners.

“This app comes from the very same technology that has been widely adopted by millions of Singaporeans and Australians in their own fights to contain the virus – meaning that its success will help pave the way to safely reopen our borders to visitors,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“When that day comes, tourists will be able to download careFIJI upon landing, giving them the confidence that Fiji has COVID-19 firmly under control.”

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