NZ’s lockdown effectiveness tracked with digital ‘virus’

27 Aug 2021
On phone
Image credit: Ivan Samkov

New Zealand’s recent COVID-19 outbreak has allowed a collaborative research project to monitor the effectiveness of lockdown measures in real time, thanks to a virtual ‘virus’.

Earlier this year, the Safe Blues app was – via University of Auckland collaborators and The University of Queensland’s AI 4 Pandemics group leader Associate Professor Yoni Nazarathy – launched, ‘infecting’ the mobile phones of volunteers at the University of Auckland with virtual tokens.

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