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COVIDSafe app a ‘$2 million failure’, Bowen says

Labor’s Chris Bowen has criticised the government’s coronavirus tracing app, which is yet to find any close contacts of an infected person who had not already been identified manually.

In Victoria, where there have been 1437 cases in the past week, and NSW, where there is an outbreak associated with a pub at Casula in Sydney’s south-west, no contacts had been identified solely through the COVIDSafe app, state health department sources said.

Labor's Chris Bowen has slammed the Morrison government's COVIDSafe app as a "$2 million failure".

Labor’s Chris Bowen has slammed the Morrison government’s COVIDSafe app as a “$2 million failure”.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

In Queensland and South Australia, no one diagnosed with the virus had downloaded the app while in Western Australia there had been no cases of community transmission to make it useful.

“It’s played no role in effectively finding anybody who’s been exposed to COVID19 … this is a $2 million failure,” Mr Bowen, Labor’s health spokesman, told Nine News.

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