14 Dec COVID Alert Malta
“COVID Alert Malta is the national Maltese app designed to help protect individuals and their loved ones by alerting them if they were in close contact with persons infected with the COVID-19 virus.
The app works in a completely confidential way. It doesn’t store any personal details and doesn’t reveal the identity of infected persons or of their contacts. It doesn’t track where users are located. The app works in the background, using Bluetooth to exchange secret codes between mobile phones that are close to each other for at least 15 minutes. It uses little battery power. If an app user is informed by Public Health that he/she is positive for the COVID-19 virus, he/she will be given a code to be entered voluntarily into the app. This will send secret codes to the mobile phones of persons who were close to the infected person, informing them they might have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. The contacts will be encouraged to call Helpline 111 for advice and, if necessary, a test will be organised.The more persons use the app, the more it becomes effective, as the app will notify more potentially infected users. The app does not replace traditional contact tracing, but it provides a new tool to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
COVID Alert Malta has been developed jointly by the Superintendence of Public Health of the Ministry for Health, Malta IT Agency (MITA) and the Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA). ”