The Bluetooth-enabled mobile application, COVID Alert South Africa, designed to strengthen South Africa’s contact tracing efforts, has been launched.
In a statement, president Ramaphosa welcomed the launch and called on every South African to download the app, which is an “important, innovative and necessary part of protecting ourselves, our families, our co-workers and our communities.”
“The more South Africans download the app, the more effective it will be in stopping a second wave of COVID-19 infection. But even as we use the app, we must still wear cloth masks, wash or sanitise our hands regularly, maintain social distancing and take all other precautions to keep
safe”, he said.
According to the presidency, the “most effective way to achieve suppression of the virus and prevent outbreaks from occurring again is to identify positive cases and trace and isolate their contacts as quickly as possible, in order to break the chain of transmission”.
COVID Alert South Africa uses Bluetooth technology to notify users if they have been in contact with coronavirus, including strangers in retail stores, in public transport or in any public space.
Meanwhile, the president held a virtual meeting on 2 September 2020 with interfaith leaders as part of ongoing consultation and collaboration between government and various sectors of society on South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the meeting, government “updated interfaith leaders on progress in South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and impressed the need for continued vigilance to avert a resurgence in the infection or mortality”.
The president outlined measures taken by government to address corruption and “said the COVID-19 pandemic was a watershed for fighting corruption in all forms and all sectors of Society”.