The CovidSafe app has only been used 44 times in the past six months, despite its $8 million price tag
Despite spending $8 million creating the CovidSafe app, it has only been used 44 times in the past six months, even though it was once seen as ‘Australia’s ticket out of lockdown’
- CovidSafe app only used 44 times in last six months, new report revealed
- Ministry of Health investigated the use of the app since its launch in April 2020
- App downloaded 7.6 million times, but collected data from less than 800 users
- Low numbers come despite early promises that app will get the ‘ticket’ out of lockdown
The CovidSafe app has only been used 44 times in the past six months, despite costing the federal government $8 million to make.
The Department of Health released a report showing that the app has been largely unused by public health officials since its release in April 2020.
Although the app has been downloaded 7.6 million times since its launch, the app has shared and collected data from less than 800 people.
Only 779 app users who tested positive for Covid-19 had their data shared and uploaded to the national health database between April 2020 and May 2021.
The CovidSafe app has only been used 44 times in the past six months, despite costing the federal government $8 million to
Although the app has been downloaded 7.6 million times since its launch, the app has shared and collected data from less than 800 people (photo, Sydneysider steps out Friday)
The app also identified just 2,827 close contacts — some of which “may not be tracked down due to the timing of the contact.”
Despite the low numbers, the app has had 24 updates and costs $15,000 per month to maintain.
The report also shows that young people are more reluctant to download the app than their older peers.
“A number of studies have found that older people are more likely to download and sign up for the app, reflecting the greater risks of Covid-19 for them,” the report said.
“While younger people are less likely to download the app due to privacy concerns.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison praised the app as a ‘ticket’ out of lockdown when it first launched.
He compared it to war bonds that said at least 40 percent of the population had to download the app to roll back the restrictions.
“During the war, people bought war bonds to find out about the national efforts,” he said.
“What we’re doing to fight this battle is we’re asking people to download an app that will help us quickly detect the virus and the more people that do that, the more we can get back to a more livable set of arrangements.” ‘
The Ministry of Health stated in its report that the app was designed “pending widespread community transfer.”
The Ministry of Health explained in its report that the app was designed “pending widespread community transfer.”
“The relatively low number of cases in Australia and the effectiveness of our contact tracing processes have created an environment where public health officials have rarely needed to use the app, other than to confirm cases identified through manual processes,” the report said. .
Victoria came out of a 13-day hard lockdown on Tuesday. Health Minister Martin Foley was asked if contact tracers had used the CovidSafe app.
‘No, not to my knowledge. And I’m sure in such a rare event it would have been brought to my attention,” he said.
The app is reportedly being redesigned to help health officials monitor the spread of the more contagious Indian delta strain of the virus.