AUSTRALIA - Millions Download Coronavirus Tracing App

Arno Froese

Prime minister Scott Morrison has said more testing and widespread use of the CovidSafe phone app—which has angered some privacy campaigners—are among the main conditions for easing nationwide lockdowns. 

Australia has so far confirmed around 6,700 cases of the novel coronavirus and just 83 related deaths, way below figures reported in the United States and other hotspots—something the government has put down to its border closures and other measures. 

Health Minister Greg Hunt said the tracing app [recently] launched had been downloaded by more than 2 million people—about 8 percent of the population. 

The government has said it wants that proportion to reach 40%. “This effort will help protect ourselves, our families, our nurses and our doctors,” Hunt said in an emailed statement. 

The app, which is based on Singapore’s TraceTogether software and uses Bluetooth signals to log when people have been close to one another, is meant to help medics trace people potentially exposed to infections. 

Civil liberties groups have raised fears that apps being considered and used by a number of governments could invade privacy. But Canberra says its software does not record people’s location and has safeguards built in. 

Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said officials will expand testing to start tracing asymptomatic cases—people who have caught the infection without showing symptoms. 

Daniel Andrews, premier of Australia’s second most populous state, Victoria, said staff would open pop-up testing sites in shopping center car parks and test people in their homes and offices. 

The states of Queensland and Western Australia have already said they will ease some restrictions, as both have had new cases in the low single digits. 

The most populous states of Victoria and New South Wales, which have the country’s coronavirus hotspots, are maintaining strict social and business restrictions. 

-www.reuters.com, 26 April 2020

Arno's commentary

Australia, a social-capitalist country, is one of the most successful in the world. With ethnic Chinese comprising over 3.1% of its almost 26 million in population, and exports going to China at the rate of 33.5%, and imports at 22.9%, it is remarkable that Australia has been little affected by the dreadful coronavirus. Life expectancy stands at 82.7 years. Physician density is listed as 3.59 per 1,000, and 3.6 hospital beds per 1,000. Thus, they are well-equipped when it comes to healthcare.

We notice the quick response to download the coronavirus tracing app; apparently, very successful. On the other hand, the government now has more information on its citizens’ whereabouts. That, however, is part of the global development, which aims toward total control, as prophesied in Scripture.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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