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Zimbabwe COVID-19 Tracking App To Be Launched Sometime This Week

Zimbabwe COVID-19 Tracking App To Be Launched Sometime This Week
Illustration picture shows a smartphone with Covid-19 app in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on April 19, 2020. The World Health Organisation says tracking infected people, and tracing and alerting their contacts, are vital if the disease is to be kept under control after lockdown. The government says it has received 750 applications from companies to co-operate on a 'corona app' and will draw up a shortlist over the weekend with the aim of producing a draft proposal on April 21. The app is expected to use Bluetooth technology on mobile phones to see who has been in contact with an infected person. Privacy campaigners are concerned that if the app is rolled out too quickly it will not be secure or sufficiently anonymous and have questioned its effectiveness. The government’s target is for 60% of people to use the app, but in Singapore, where a voluntary app was introduced, take-up is around 20%. Photo by Robin Utrecht/ABACAPRESS.

The Ministry of Health and Child Care in collaboration with a local startup Matimba and Harare Institute of Technology is about to launch a COVID-19 tracking app, CoronaAlert, The Sunday Mail reports.

This was revealed by the project’s overseer and HIT director of technology transfer, licensing and commercialization center Dr. Talon Garikayi who spoke to the publication and shed more light about the app:

Both the application and the website are functional and will be availed to the public soon because the Government has already given the green light.

It is a very simple app to use. After downloading and installing, it redirects you to a landing page where you can report cases in a few clicks. So upon making a report the team at the call centre, using a set criterion, determine if the case is urgent or not.

If it is (urgent) they will give the person a call and take in full details. As the users punch in details, such as names and phone numbers, the application captures the location automatically. This information will be strictly protected and only be available to authorised personnel depending on their level of clearance

HIT last month also unveiled a ventilator that could be used by COVID-19 facilities to help patients in critical condition.

– The Sunday Mail

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