KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 2 — The Selangor state government has added new features to its SELangkah contact tracing app that list which and when premises were exposed to Covid-19 cases.
The mobile app also states the dates when the affected premises were sanitised, besides allowing users to cross-check their check-in dates at those premises to see if they had made visits at the time when Covid-19 cases were reported there.
“In the near future, users can also check if they were exposed to individuals who are confirmed to have contracted Covid-19,” Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari said in a statement.
He added that the state government has mandated the use of SELangkah at government and business premises in the state, as he urged businesses to clearly display SELangkah QR code posters to allow visitors to check-in with the app.
Following the Sabah state election that led to the spread of Covid-19 nationwide, Selangor has been reporting daily Covid-19 infections in the double digits from 11 cases last Sunday to 31 cases today. Five new clusters were also reported in the country’s most developed state since Monday, including two today.
SELangkah founder Dr Helmi Zakariah recently told CodeBlue that the app had released last month a nationwide map that shows premises patronised by Covid-19 patients in the past 14 days, the length of the coronavirus incubation period, a feature that was only available on desktop then.
The Ministry of Health (MOH), which owns the MySejahtera Covid-19 management app that has been pushed by the federal government for contact tracing purposes, said recently that the app lists Covid-19 hotspots in its tracker based on the source of infection, as well as the Covid-19 transmission potential for a particular premise.
MOH’s explanation came after the public questioned the absence of Klang Valley shopping centres on MySejahtera’s hotspot tracker, despite the businesses publicly reporting Covid-19 cases at their premises.