KrazyKid: I don't think the lack of a contract tracing app is a reason for the limits. Notice we are pretty much following the Aussie guidelines and they almost have an app running.
I am sure the MoH discusses regularly with Aussie health departments and everyone thinks a tracing app is nice to have but not essential.
Pretty much this from what I understand.
The app is still being worked on but I think they are holding off before Google/Apple release their updated APIs and background bluetooth capabilities.
I just discussed exactly this with someone working on the peripheral of the response and my personal view is the whole bluetooth approach should be scrapped or available as a secondary opt-in approach.
My preference is for a purely anonymised QR code exchange between consenting parties. I enter a place of work / restaurant etc they present a custom QR code for me to scan on a tablet and then both locations know about each other. Each person then needs to scan with a new QR code. This equally would apply out and about where the phone could present a QR code for someone you didn't know or "just wanted to remember meeting with then and chatting for 10 mins".
Yes I had heard that one if the next versions of iOS may have some form of covid tracking built into it. Don't know how such a system could get built into android in the short due to the very short period of software updates android phones get, with many people running old versions. Even new phones can take a very long time to get the latest version. So there are all the different versions of phones and android versions out there. So guessing android users would need to rely on an app.
I see in a China they are using some form of QR code system on phones. Eg if you want to go to Disneyland you need a special green one showing yu are virus free. It is getting very big brother.
I am wondering how it works if it is build into an iphone and who controls that. Would the MOH get that info, or does it just send out alerts to people who have been in close contact with someone who reports themselves having the virus?