TraceTogether to be compulsory at many places from 1 June

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
·2 min read
The TraceTogether app (left) and token (right). (PHOTOS: Getty Images / Reuters)
The TraceTogether app (left) and token (right). (PHOTOS: Getty Images / Reuters)

SINGAPORE — The TraceTogether (TT) app or token will be made compulsory for checking into many places from 1 June, with other modes of SafeEntry discontinued. 

These places include offices, eateries, shopping malls, schools, pre-schools, healthcare facilities, gyms and places of worship. The venues are those with a higher visitor throughput or have people who are in close proximity for relatively longer periods.

In a joint press release on Thursday (22 April), the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) said the app or token will also be compulsory for contact tracing at weddings and funerals.

More than 90 per cent of the population have downloaded the app or collected the token.

TT and SafeEntry have cut the average time taken to contact trace from four days to one-and-a-half days, said SNDGO and MOH.

"TT has helped to identify 75 persons who had to be placed under quarantine, but would likely not have been picked up through a manual contact tracing process, they said.

"This has been important in ensuring that the impact of any local cases detected were immediately contained, with very little further spread in the community," they added.

SNDGO and MOH said that with greater active usage of TT, the coverage and speed of contact tracing can be further enhanced.

"By actively participating in the TT programme and using SE, we can each play our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep Singapore safe. The Government will continue to improve the user experience of the TT programme and SE, and adjust the approach to keep digital contact tracing effective as the public health situation evolves," they added.

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