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Wearable device for Covid-19 contact tracing to be rolled out soon, may be issued to everyone in Singapore

SINGAPORE – A wearable device for contact tracing may be issued to Singaporeans to help curb the spread of Covid-19.

This was announced in Parliament by Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative Vivian Balakrishnan on Friday (June 5), when he explained that technical difficulties have prevented Singapore’s contact tracing app TraceTogether from working well on iPhones.

“The app does not appear to work as well on iOS or Apple devices,” he said.

This is also why TraceTogether, the government app that identifies people who have been in close contact with Covid-19 patients, has not been made compulsory, he added.

Dr Balakrishnan, who is also the Foreign Minister, was replying on behalf of the Prime Minister to questions on whether more could be done to boost the use of the app for contact tracing.

Mr Vikram Nair (Sembawang GRC), asked if TraceTogether should be made compulsory, while Mr Gan Thiam Poh (Ang Mo Kio GRC) wants to know if the Government would consider measures to encourage those not familiar with technology to download the app.

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