The Thai Government is conducting final testing on a covid-19 contact-tracing app before launching it for the public within the coming days in an effort to better contain the spread of coronavirus.
The app, which can be downloaded on smartphones or tablets, will assist the government in arranging virus testing for high-risk groups of people more efficiently.
The spokesperson for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Dr. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, downplayed fears of privacy invasion and urged the public to download the app when it becomes available. He said:
“We intend to monitor those who have had contact with the virus and aim to bring only such patients for treatment.”
Other nations in Asia, including China and South Korea, have successfully implemented a similar application to track people who came into contact with infected patients.
China, in particular, launched the app very quickly which assisted the country in flattening the curve much quicker than many experts predicted.
The app will shift the government’s approach away from location targeting of high-risk groups and instead try to focus on people who are most likely to have come into contact with the virus nationwide.
Thailand has very limited testing capabilities so the new approach could better help to identify new covid-19 cases.
The six high-risk groups that are being targeted include medical personnel, taxi and bus drivers, people in state quarantine, delivery drivers, immigrant workers, and people who work in crowded areas.
More information about the application is expected to be announced in today’s covid-19 briefing.
Source: The Nation