Zaidi (left) in an interview with DJ Elya.

KUCHING: The public are urged to make use of the COVIDTrace digital application in an effort to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) general manager Dr Zaidi Razak said such measure is necessary for the Ministry of Health (MOH) to access data to track the location of individuals who have symptoms and are positive for Covid-19.

“Through this digital app, information on individuals who are found positive for Covid-19 can be traced, and thus, enable the authority to take action to limit the movement of these individuals from spreading the coronavirus to green zone areas,” he said in an interview broadcasted on Radio ERA, a joint sponsored by SMA and Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) Sarawak last Monday (Sept 7).

He also stressed that users’ data and information will not be disseminated to third parties, except authorities.

“The usage of the bracelet is mandatory to assist us in monitoring the movements of individuals that have been directed for home quarantine,” he said.

He said SMA is also involved in the development of the QR Code bracelets during the spike of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak.

“The COVIDTrace application, which only took two weeks to complete, has been developed ever since the outbreak of the pandemic. This platform is a proposal from corporate social responsibility (CSR) from one of our service providers, Sarawak Sains Information Systems Sdn Bhd.

“The pandemic has indeed brought a huge impact on our lives, particularly in the usage of the internet. Like it or not, all programmes need to be run via digital applications,” he added.