Tokens get Singapore trace half of population

Singapore has collected more than 400,000 TraceTogether tokens, putting it at the 50% mark in digital contact-tracing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a report by The Straits Times and was picked up by Business Fast UK, the Singaporean government will ramp up the supply of TraceTogether tokens as it prepares for the further relaxation of the economy.

Tokens can be collected at 38 community centers and 13 mobile booths in malls.

By the end of November, the distribution of the tokens will be expanded to all 108 community centers in Singapore.

At present, only about half of the population—or about 2.5 million—has either downloaded the TraceTogether app or collected a token.

The government said beefing up the supply and distribution would ensure that everyone who wants one would be able to get one ahead of end-December if they do not want to use the application Smart Nation.

Widespread token distribution was necessary to ensure that the public will be ready for a new rule which will require check-ins at restaurants, shopping malls, workplaces, and schools, through the TraceTogether app or token.

It can be learned that Singapore has eased its community quarantine restrictions as the number of new cases continued to fall.

The new rule will be eased in from now until the end of the year, thereafter people can no longer gain entry to said places by scanning SafeEntry QR codes with their phone cameras, or even through the SingPass Mobile app or bar codes.

On Saturday, October 3, Singapore saw only six infection cases, the lowest on record since March 10. This put the overall tally to 57,800.

Having sustained a low infection rate, Singapore has further opened up its economy by relaxing its restrictions and doubling the maximum size of groups for outdoor activities such as walking, cycling, and kayaking.

It also allowed for a larger size of group tours albeit still subject to physical distancing measures.

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