Article: Bluetooth contact tracing to be compatible between NZ and Cook Islands

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The value of Bluetooth proximity tracing increases and decreases exponentially, depending on the proportion of people who have it turned on.Bluetooth contact tracing to be compatible between NZ and Cook Islands

New Zealanders won’t need to download a new app to enable Covid contact tracing when visiting the Cook Islands, ahead of a two-way travel bubble opening between the countries.

But the same won’t be the case for people travelling across the Tasman.

Rush Digital – which developed the Covid Tracer app for the Ministry of Health – has built a Bluetooth app for the Cook Islands, CookSafe Plus, which is compatible with the Bluetooth feature in New Zealand’s Covid Tracer app.

From next week, people using either app would be recorded as having coming into close contact with one another if they mingled, and would be automatically alerted if one of them was later diagnosed with Covid.

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