The United Kingdom has announced its intentions to start contact-tracing of Coronavirus with an APP.
This announcement was made after UK recorded the highest death tolling in Europe with 29,427 deaths, going ahead of Italy’s 29,315 deaths.
But experts say it could be months before full global comparisons can be made.
Both Italy and the UK record the deaths of people who have tested positive for coronavirus.
The Contact Tracing App is said to help the health sector in the intended mass testing of coronavirus in UK, whiles others believe it is too late for start a mass testing.
According to some scientists, the mass testing should have been done early than now.
Meanwhile’ the Ghanaian government started its contact tracing immediately the country recorded it’s first two cases.
On Monday, 13th April 2020, the Vice President Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia launched the GH COVID-19 Tracker (an app to track COVID-19 cases in Ghana) in Accra.
Speaking to Ghanaians during the launch, Dr. Bawumia said the app would significantly boost the government’s main strategy in combating the virus, which he labeled as “the three T” strategy of Testing, Tracing contacts, and Treatment of patients.
“Our focus has been on tracing, testing, treatment, as well as observing social distancing and these have been made possible through data, and this COVID-19 Tracker will significantly help.”
With the launch of the GH COVID-19 tracker app, Ghana’s COVID-19 team has a mobile app with rapid response features for contact tracing and symptoms tracking, which will ultimately lead to more testing.
“The launching of the GH COVID-19 Tracker App today is yet another step by the government to leapfrog technology in finding solutions to the havoc the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking around the world.”
“This is another weapon in our arsenal. It will provide us real time data and allow a quick, early response by our professionals,” Dr. Bawumia said.
The COVID-19 Tracker App, through the common platform of mobile networks, is able to trace contacts of persons infected by the virus, show where they have been in the recent time, through various telephone related data, and link such people to health professionals for urgent action to be taken.
The app, also through telephone related data, is also able to report contacts which are, or have recently been to COVID-19 hit countries, as well as track whether individuals required to self-quarantine, are doing so.
Countries such as China, South Korea and the United States are using this concept of crowd sourcing from phone data to manage and track persons affected by the pandemic and offer health care.
The Vice President, therefore, urged Ghanaians to download the App from: www.ghcovid19.com or use the *769#, especially those without smartphones.