GPs urged to download 'essential' COVID-19 tracing app

The Government's COVIDSafe app was released on Sunday and has a million downloads already

The RACGP and AMA have urged members to download the Federal Government’s COVID-19 contact-tracing app, arguing its public health benefit should trump any concerns about privacy.

COVIDsafe app

The COVIDSafe app, released on Sunday evening, uses Bluetooth to identify when two people spend more than 15 minutes within 1.5 metres of each other, with the idea of creating a list of contacts who can be identified if a user catches COVID-19.

Minister for Health Greg Hunt says the app will only be used to track close contacts of