The NZ COVID Tracer app is among those that are used for QR code scanning to fight back against the Delta variant and help Contact Tracers get to the bottom of new cases that emerge in the community quicker.
Speed to find all links to community cases is being considered so those that do catch the virus can be isolated much quicker as part of the surveillance programme.
QR scanning and manual recording will be mandatory to ensure locations of where people have been are identified.
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Where people gather consistently in large numbers, including cafes, restaurants, bars, casinos, concerts, aged care facilities and health care facilities will require the use of the Tracer app or manual recording in order to go inside.
In addition, other businesses such as barbers, exercise facilities, nightclubs, courts and local or central government agencies and social service providers.
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In Sunday's Covid-19 press briefing, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins made announcements about the mandatory use of scanning and record-keeping for all New Zealanders.
“Ministers have decided based on the advice we have received over the last few weeks that record-keeping such as scanning with the Tracer app or manually signing in will become mandatory for most events and businesses at all alert levels,” he said.
“It's clear that when people use the app or manually sign in, rather than relying on their memory, contact tracing can happen much more quickly.”
“An outbreak of Covid-19 can be extremely difficult to trace and contain — without people having a good record of where they have been and who they have come into contact with.”
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