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Fiji’s COVID-19 tracing mobile app expected to be ready by next week

Fiji’s COVID-19 tracing mobile app expected to be ready by next week

By Semi Turaga
Friday 29/05/2020
Sayed-Khaiyum says they are harnessing the use of non-location tracking technology by using Bluetooth with privacy and security central for the design of the app. [Image: Parliament of the Republic of Fiji]

Fiji’s COVID-19 tracing mobile app is expected to be ready by next week and Minister for Economy and Communications, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the Care Fiji mobile app is based on a Bluetooth trace protocol developed by the Singaporean government.

He says the app mirrors the COVID Safe mobile app widely adopted by millions of Australians in their campaign to eliminate COVID-19.

Sayed-Khaiyum says they are harnessing the use of non-location tracking technology by using Bluetooth with privacy and security central for the design of the app.

He says they are currently doing tests on Google PlayStore and Apple Store and hope to finalise it by the end of this week.

Sayed-Khaiyum says they hope to have the Prime Minister launch it sometime next week.

He says the app works through Bluetooth technology and Bluetooth signals will bounce off each other and the Health Ministry won’t have access to that information.

Sayed-Khaiyum says in Fiji 92.5% of people who use phones have an android phone and 7.4% of the people have an Apple phone and the others have different systems which is 0.08%.

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