Singapore open to working with PH on COVID-19 contact tracing app

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 5) — Singapore has expressed willingness to work with the Philippines in using an app that would help in the tracing of individuals who have come in contact with COVID-19 patients, the Department of Information and Communications Technology said Sunday.   Singaporean Ambassador Ho Wei Hong was quoted by the DICT as saying his government is willing to provide the Philippines technical assistance on the use of the app called TraceTogether.   TraceTogether, an app developed by SGUnited, the Singaporean Government Technology Agency and the Singaporean Ministry of Health, uses Bluetooth to track people who have come close to a COVID-19 patient.   It tracks when they were in close proximity with other people, which can be used to identify the close contacts of COVID-19 patients, if they allow the Singaporean Ministry of Health access to data in the app.   The Singaporean government ensures that the app does not track a user’s location and contacts and data it collects will only be stored on the phone for 21 days and will not be accessed unless they are identified as a close contact.   Over a million people have downloaded the app, according to the Straits Times daily.   “The DICT ... recognizes the need for systems to identify, screen and assist Filipinos suspected or confirmed to be infected with Covid-19. These include contact-tracing systems that will minimize, if not prevent, the local spread of the coronavirus through the use of information and communications technology,” the department said.   The Philippines has recorded 3,094 COVID-19 cases as of Saturday, with 144 deaths and 57 recoveries.   Singapore, meanwhile, has recorded over 1,000 cases of the respiratory disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 and six deaths.

Singaporean Ambassador Ho Wei Hong was quoted by the DICT as saying his government is willing to provide the Philippines technical assistance on the use of the app called TraceTogether. TraceTogether, an app developed by SGUnited, the Singaporean Government Technology Agency and the Singaporean Ministry of Health, uses Bluetooth to track people who have come close to a COVID-19 patient. It tracks when they were in close proximity with other people, which can be used to identify the close contacts of COVID-19 patients, if they allow the Singaporean Ministry of Health access to data in the app. The Singaporean government ensures that the app does not track a user’s location and contacts and data it collects will only be stored on the phone for 21 days and will not be accessed unless they are identified as a close contact. Over a million people have downloaded the app, according to the Straits Times daily. “The DICT ... recognizes the need for systems to identify, screen and assist Filipinos suspected or confirmed to be infected with Covid-19. These include contact-tracing systems that will minimize, if not prevent, the local spread of the coronavirus through the use of information and communications technology,” the department said. The Philippines has recorded 3,094 COVID-19 cases as of Saturday, with 144 deaths and 57 recoveries. Singapore, meanwhile, has recorded over 1,000 cases of the respiratory disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 and six deaths.

TraceTogether, an app developed by SGUnited, the Singaporean Government Technology Agency and the Singaporean Ministry of Health, uses Bluetooth to track people who have come close to a COVID-19 patient. It tracks when they were in close proximity with other people, which can be used to identify the close contacts of COVID-19 patients, if they allow the Singaporean Ministry of Health access to data in the app. The Singaporean government ensures that the app does not track a user’s location and contacts and data it collects will only be stored on the phone for 21 days and will not be accessed unless they are identified as a close contact. Over a million people have downloaded the app, according to the Straits Times daily. “The DICT ... recognizes the need for systems to identify, screen and assist Filipinos suspected or confirmed to be infected with Covid-19. These include contact-tracing systems that will minimize, if not prevent, the local spread of the coronavirus through the use of information and communications technology,” the department said. The Philippines has recorded 3,094 COVID-19 cases as of Saturday, with 144 deaths and 57 recoveries. Singapore, meanwhile, has recorded over 1,000 cases of the respiratory disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 and six deaths.

It tracks when they were in close proximity with other people, which can be used to identify the close contacts of COVID-19 patients, if they allow the Singaporean Ministry of Health access to data in the app. The Singaporean government ensures that the app does not track a user’s location and contacts and data it collects will only be stored on the phone for 21 days and will not be accessed unless they are identified as a close contact. Over a million people have downloaded the app, according to the Straits Times daily. “The DICT ... recognizes the need for systems to identify, screen and assist Filipinos suspected or confirmed to be infected with Covid-19. These include contact-tracing systems that will minimize, if not prevent, the local spread of the coronavirus through the use of information and communications technology,” the department said. The Philippines has recorded 3,094 COVID-19 cases as of Saturday, with 144 deaths and 57 recoveries. Singapore, meanwhile, has recorded over 1,000 cases of the respiratory disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 and six deaths.

The Singaporean government ensures that the app does not track a user’s location and contacts and data it collects will only be stored on the phone for 21 days and will not be accessed unless they are identified as a close contact. Over a million people have downloaded the app, according to the Straits Times daily. “The DICT ... recognizes the need for systems to identify, screen and assist Filipinos suspected or confirmed to be infected with Covid-19. These include contact-tracing systems that will minimize, if not prevent, the local spread of the coronavirus through the use of information and communications technology,” the department said. The Philippines has recorded 3,094 COVID-19 cases as of Saturday, with 144 deaths and 57 recoveries. Singapore, meanwhile, has recorded over 1,000 cases of the respiratory disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 and six deaths.

Over a million people have downloaded the app, according to the Straits Times daily.

“The DICT ... recognizes the need for systems to identify, screen and assist Filipinos suspected or confirmed to be infected with Covid-19. These include contact-tracing systems that will minimize, if not prevent, the local spread of the coronavirus through the use of information and communications technology,” the department said.

The Philippines has recorded 3,094 COVID-19 cases as of Saturday, with 144 deaths and 57 recoveries. Singapore, meanwhile, has recorded over 1,000 cases of the respiratory disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 and six deaths.