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Over 200 individuals who contracted Covid-19 have been successfully traced through the government’s tracking app MySejahtera since it was launched in April 2020.
Speaking to Astro Awani in an interview, Chief Executive of the National Security Agency (NACSA) National Security Council (MKN), Ir. Md Shah Nuri Md Zain said that the bulk of positive cases identified occurred in April, but as the infection rate across the country dropped, the frequency of cases identified on the app also dwindled.
In April when the app was first launched, MySejahtera managed to identify over 200 users who were Covid-19 positive.Ir. Md Shah Nuri Md Zain via Astro Awani (Translated from BM)
He explained that at the moment, over 4.9 million users have registered with the app. Meanwhile, 180,000 business premises have started using the app to “check-in” their visitors to help ease contact tracing procedures if and when a positive Covid-19 case arises.
Md Shah told Astro Awani that initially, the app was developed at the request of the Health Ministry to identify individuals at risk of contracting Covid-19.
He said that at the time, many people went to clinics and hospitals to be examined. Therefore, the app allowed the public to be evaluated from the comfort of their own homes.
It also reduced the government’s burden of providing medical personnel to inspect the public.Ir. Md Shah Nuri Md Zain via Astro Awani (Translated from BM)
Now, the app’s modul has been expanded to include close contact tracing at business premises as the country went into it’s conditional movement control order (CMCO) phase, and then recovery movement control order (RMCO) which allowed for people to move around even more.
Speaking of the app’s security, Md Shah admitted that it has seen its own share of hacking attempts by malicious parties who are trying to steal the private information of its users.
However, he stressed that chances of it being hacked are thin considering the fact that the app has strong security features handled by experts.
He said that many tests are being carried out continuously in the development of the app, adding that all the data uploaded into the app is safely stored by the Health Ministry with multiple layers of security.
In the creation of the app, we have several teams handling different aspects of its production. One team for development, and another to evaluate its security. This evaluation is continuous.Ir. Md Shah Nuri Md Zain via Astro Awani (Translated from BM)
According to Md Shah a team from the Administrative, Management and Planning Unit Malaysia (MAMPU) focuses on the development, while NACSA focuses on security and the Health Ministry oversees its use.
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