Govt pushes PeduliLindungi app for monitoring COVID cases

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian government is encouraging the use of PeduliLindungi app for digital tracing of COVID-19 infections and controlling transmission, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto has said.

“Tracing results through PeduliLindungi application will facilitate the public in obtaining treatment, if necessary. This treatment can certainly help break the COVID-19 transmission chain,” the minister explained in a statement released here on Thursday.

Digital tracing will make it easier for the government to identify and detect patients through the use of location tracking data and digital information, he informed.

The PeduliLindungi application has been integrated with the database of the Health Ministry, therefore, through QR Codes, the ministry can track data on vaccinated people and results of PCR and swab antigen tests, Hartarto said. Once it is downloaded from the App Store or Google Play onto a mobile phone and the location data on the phone is enabled, the PeduliLindungi app can identify the user’s location from time to time and provide information on high-risk locations and transmission zones, he informed.

Hartarto, who is also chairman of the Committee for Handling COVID-19 and National Economic Recovery (KPC-PEN), said the government is also recommending the use of the Silacak app to improve tracing in regions.

The Silacak app uses tracing information sourced mainly from village affiliated non-commissioned officers (Babhinsa) and security and public order constables (Bhabinkamtibmas), he said. Digital tracing is an effort by the government to boost testing, tracing, and treatment (3Ts) especially amid a rise in cases involving the Delta variant of the coronavirus, the minister added.

The PeduliLindungi app will also continue to be used as a screening tool for people traveling by air and train, he said.

The app will be used as a Check-in Venue for people performing activities outside or entering public places such as malls, restaurants, shops, airports, stations, and tourist attractions, he added.

Source: Antara News

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