Contact tracing measures in Singapore have started, as the government began distributing TraceTogether tokens in an effort to step up their contact tracing efforts to curtail COVID-19. Singapore residents get contact tracing tokens to attempt to detect signs of COVID-19 earlier than normal. This would in turn allow Singapore residents to act accordingly if they show signs of COVID-19. The ultimate goal of this is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the Asian nation.
Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on September 9 that it will test the deployment of SafeEntry, which requires the use of either the TraceTogether app or token to check-in at venues.
Additional testing will happen in October at larger business-to-business events before it expands to other high-traffic areas in the country such as movie theaters, restaurants, and other businesses.
The Smart Nation office and Minister of Health said that distribution of the tokens will start with areas that have more elderly people who have a higher probability of contracting COVID-19 and are less likely to have the TraceTogether app.
Singapore has also implemented a self-check service via text message so that citizens can be alerted if they have visited the same places at the same time as people who have COVID-19.
The self-check will be available on the TraceTogether app, SingPass Mobile, or wereyouthere.safeentry.gov.sg.
If this program works to the benefit of Singapore residents, it is entirely possible that more countries around the world could adopt a similar type of campaign to try and stop the spread of COVID-19 while also allowing for events with larger crowds. While nothing will be completely safe until there is a vaccine that is out on the market, this is a big first step to stopping the spread as it catches it early and with great accuracy.
To this date, Singapore – a country of 5.6 million people – has had 57.627 cases of COVID-19 with 27 deaths according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 global map.
While this is a relatively small country, Singapore has big plans for combating COVID-19 and making sure their citizens are taken care of.
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