Mobile phone app to track people with coronavirus being considered as part of ‘road out’ of lockdown

The Federal Government is looking at introducing an app that tracks people with coronavirus as part of a strategy to begin easing restrictions.

The app is currently being used in Singapore, with people infected with Covid-19 using it to alert health authorities of their movements and the people they come in contact with.

Singapore has reported a 20 per cent take-up of the TraceTogether app, with the Australian Government aiming for a 40 per cent take-up.

The Coalition is set to outline the plan to premiers during the next meeting of the national cabinet on Thursday.

“Yes, we’ve had a good couple of weeks, but that does not a virus beat,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Sky News. “And that’s why we have many more in front of us before we could even possibly contemplate the easing of restrictions.”

Other facets of the strategy include expanding testing and tracing programs and upgrading the capacity to respond to localised outbreaks.