KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 — The government’s MySejahtera app has identified 53 per cent of Covid-19 cases to date through contact tracing, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said.
Khairy said another 7 per cent of cases were identified through the app’s self-assessment tool, in his parliamentary written response on October 7 to Bakri MP Yeo Bee Yin, who asked about the number of positive Covid-19 cases tracked by government systems like MySejahtera.
The country’s total confirmed Covid-19 infections stood at 2.3 million cases, as of October 7, which suggests that about 1.2 million cases and 161,960 cases had been identified via MySejahtera’s contact tracing and self-assessment features, respectively.
The federal government previously announced an allocation of RM70 million for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme’s (PICK) data integration and appointment system, which included the MySejahtera app.
Meanwhile, in response to Yeo’s questions on the status of the Hotspot Identification for Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) and MyTrace systems, Khairy said while HIDE is still being used by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and other relevant ministries and agencies such as the National Security Council, the use of the MyTrace system — which falls under the purview of the Science, Technology, and Innovation Ministry (MOSTI) — was terminated in December 2020.
“The HIDE system identifies the probable cause of Covid-19 infection at a location. There is no cost involved in the development and implementation of HIDE because it uses existing data in MySejahtera,” Khairy said.