The Australian Government has published its report on the implementation of contacts COVIDSafe, announced by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison as "digital sunscreen" and the key to returning to normalcy.
According to the report, more than 7,6 million Australians have registered with COVIDSafe.
For the period 26 April 2020 to 15 May 2021, 779 COVIDSafe users who tested positive for COVID-19 consented to upload their data to the National COVIDSafe Data Store (NCDS).
As a result, more than 1,65 million digital handshakes were downloaded to NCDS and identify 2.827 potential contacts from 37.668 meetings.
However, it should be noted that an encounter is defined as an interaction involving handshakes that meet the agreed parameters for access by contact trackers, at a distance of 1,5 meters for 15 minutes or more.
More than 1,45 million digital handshakes were downloaded to NCDS in the first six months and only 202,110 in the second.
New South Wales and Victoria were the only states to use the information from the application.
New South Wales had access to COVIDSafe data to identify 81 close contacts, which the report said included 17 contacts that were not detected by manual contact detection.
Two people in this group showed up for a test and it was then confirmed that they had COVID-19.
"NSW said that from its experience the application is a useful additional tool for locating contacts in some cases", The report states.
In Victoria, meanwhile, the state has integrated the use of applications into contact detection processes. It was reported that more than 1.800 cases reported using the app.
Queensland and South Australia had very low transmission numbers from the community and had not found any additional contacts, while other states and regions did not have to use the application due to the small number of cases.
The total cost for the construction and operation of the application from May 2021 was 7.753.863,38 AU. By the end of January, this amount was AUD 6.745.322,31. As of July 28, 2021, there were approximately 2.600 positive COVID-19 cases in Australia, with a total of 33.473 cases. New South Wales remains under strict lockdown orders until at least August 28, 2021.