How the Covid-19 App will function

A new App will be launched in the coming days, which will give an indication of one’s chances of becoming infected with Covid-19.

This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne during a media conference today, with Mr Fearne explaining that the App evaluates one’s symptoms and indicates whether one should call on helpline 111 to be tested.

Public Health Superintendent Charmaine Gauci clarified that the App is anonymous and no names will be submitted, and the result will only be received by the one person.

This App will also be useful to the health authorities, as the authorities will be able to monitor symptoms within the community. After two weeks the test can be re-taken by the same person if symptoms are again being felt.

The Maltese authorities, however, will not be making use of contact tracing Apps through which they can identify persons who may have the virus.

Dr Fearne stated that these Apps can constitute an invasion of an individual’s privacy, and for this reason will not be used until the conclusion of ongoing studies and clarification of non-invasion of human rights.

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