“Colossal waste of money” – Vesti online

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Launched in April 2020, with the beginning of the covid pandemic, the Australian application COVIDSafe was officially withdrawn from use this week.

It’s the very app that former prime minister Scott Morrison once compared to “sunscreen” for covid and the “ticket” for Ozzy to return to his lifestyle during the period of restrictions and lockdowns.

The application, which was disparaged from the beginning, cost taxpayers as much as $21 million.

During its existence, the application proved to be extremely unsuccessful and ineffective. Namely, only two positive cases of covid were identified through the application, which were not found by manual contact tracing, according to government data.

The application also identified only 17 close contacts that were not identified by other tracking methods.

Health Minister Mark Butler described the application as a “colossal waste of taxpayers’ money” by the previous government.

– It is clear that this application failed as a public health measure and that is why we decided to delete it – said the minister.

Opposition health spokeswoman Senator Anne Ruston said the nature of the Covid-19 threat was unprecedented and this should be taken into account when assessing the overall effectiveness of the application.

In addition, as Raston pointed out, the Labor Party, which was the opposition at the time, supported the development of this system.

The app is modeled after a similar approach adopted by the Singapore government, and was developed by the Ministry of Health and a government body – the Digital Transformation Agency.

The app is designed to record contacts that users have had with other users, in order to show health officials potential close contacts‚ linking this information to a database.

A total of 7.9 million people registered with the COVIDSafe app between April 2020 and May 2020. However, just under 800 users agreed to have their data sent to the National COVIDSafe Database for contact tracing.

Dr Bridget Herr, a senior research fellow at the Kirby Institute, a medical research organization at the University of NSW, was part of a joint study into the effectiveness of the app.

She said the research showed the app was not effective enough for contact tracing.

Otherwise, the main conclusion of the study is that it is necessary to test technologies like this in the real world, if better results are desired.

The app worked by recording interactions between users who were within 1.5 meters of a positive case for 15 minutes or more. If a user tested positive for covid, they were asked to agree to upload their interaction data for use by contact tracers.

However, Dr. Herr emphasized that research has shown that Android phones tend to register contact between users who are too far apart for infection to occur, while iPhone devices often fail to recognize interactions.

Dr. Suranga Senevaratna, from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Computer Science, emphasized that his research showed that users have no reason to worry about their privacy being violated by using the app.

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A Senate investigation report released in October found that the federal government estimated the monthly cost of maintaining the app was between $60,000 and $75,000.


Source: Vesti online by www.vesti-online.com.

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