Covid 19 tracing app downloaded one million times in effort to ‘get back to normal’

More than one million Australians have downloaded the Federal Government’s COVIDSafe App following its launch yesterday evening.

Around 10 million Aussies need to download the app to make it a success.

The app is voluntary to download and collects data that can be used to trace those who may have had had close contact with a Covid-19 infected individual by recording anonymised IDs from users who are within 1.5 metres of each other for about 15 minutes.

Health Minister Greg Hunt asked Australians to “please join us and help protect ourselves, our families, each other but above all else our nurses and doctors”.

“It assists in the early alert and finding of people who may have been in contact with a person who is positive with a diagnosis,” he said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said while the data was stored by the government, as opposed to remaining on individual phones, only health officers would have access to it.

“It’s another tool we need to get back to normal as much as we can,” he said.

“No other government agency can use this information, no-one in the Commonwealth Government at all. And in state authorities, only the health officer can use it.

“Not the police, not the welfare people, nowhere else. Just the health officer.”