Government urges Kiwis to make frequent use of NZ COVID Tracer application


  • COVID-tracer apps need to be use more diligently to help it assist you.
  • Currently, statistics reveal that merely one out of 5 people are using the app, which helps in keeping a track of visited locations.
  • The government urges more and more people to use the app, rather than simply having it on their phones.

With Coronavirus bringing about uncertainty across the world, there have been tracking apps developed to keep track of the infected person. However, it may be possible that these apps are not being used to their maximum potential. It was recently revealed that NZ COVID tracer app has been witnessing merely one QR poster scan a day.

Discrepancy in use

Despite the ceaseless efforts being made by the government to promote awareness about the use of the app, they are hardly being used to their maximum potential. For every 5 users, merely one scan is being registered each day. After the news of the Northland community COVID-19 case recently, the figures changed from one in 5 to one in 4, but that is about it.

In a span of 24 hours on 24 January, the spike led to one in 4 people scanning the QR code. What is more is that several users are the ones that are scanning several times just to be sure. This means that the statistics so released can also not be trusted as they may not be the true reflection of the actual figures.

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Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, the Director General of Health is of the view that in the case of the North island community, a lady was diligent with the scans and the use of the app and this is what led to the novel locations visited by her and where the virus might be spreading its fangs over the recent past. He encouraged more and more people to not only install the app to their devices but to make use of it.

Scan as much as you can!

All that is required is to put your details on the app and scan the QR codes every few times a day to save your visited locations, whether it’s a restaurant, workplace, or places to go out shopping, etc.  It is like a log you are keeping in order to ensure that if you do happen to get infected; you can trace where you might have caught it. Besides, it would also be a massive help in identifying who you met in the recent days and whom you may have transmitted the infection to.



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