Health authorities’ COVID-19 contact tracing app will stop working from July 6, users have been told.
App users received a notification that “services will no longer be available” starting July 6.
The move comes as cases rise in the community. Despite the peak in recent weeks, health authorities have indicated that the situation is under control, especially since the number of patients with the virus in intensive care remains low.
As of Thursday, only one COVID-19 patient was in intensive care despite at least 6,000 known cases. Thousands of other patients are said to be carriers of the virus but are not listed in the official database because they used self-test kits and are therefore not obliged to report their result to the authorities.
The app’s shutdown comes two months after the disbanding of the Public Health Response Team, which was responsible for contact tracing and case management during the virus pandemic.
The liquidation of the team marked another step in the movement towards normalcy, as most of the health restrictions in the country were finally lifted in May.
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