Malaysia’s own Covid-19 tracing app

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Malaysia’s own Covid-19 tracing app 1

DEVELOPED by the government of Malaysia to assist in managing Covid-19 outbreaks, MySejahtera is available for all popular smartphones and corresponding app stores.

It is a result of the cooperation between the National Security Council, the Ministry of Health, the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit, and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

Although the app is free, it requires registration to assure the accuracy and the validity of the data it collects. This step is simple, but it can be tricky.

On the surface, the MySejahtera app is a repository of the latest verified Covid-19 statistics, locally and globally. Its home screen features a feed of the latest overall statistics along with advisories from the Health Ministry.

Tap the statistics tab, and get a more detailed breakdown locally, regionally, and globally.

During registration and every day after that, the app will request for a self-health assessment and ask simple questions such as: ‘Do you have a fever?’ and ‘Do you have a cough?’, and advise you on your risk level and what you should do.

From the main menu, you can access a hotspot tracker, manage dependents who do not own a smartphone, locate the nearest facility for Covid-19 screening, get the Covid-19 hotline number, and more.

The hotspot tracker lets users check if there has been a reported case in an area for the past 14 days – a useful tool to assess risk levels.

The main menu is also where you can access the Virtual Heal Advisory (, get a Covid-19 home test from a private clinic or hospital (self-paid), and check-in with your current location.

By updating the app with your current health status and location, you’re helping the Health Ministry track and trace the spread of the virus. For example, if someone developed symptoms, the Health Ministry can use the data on MySejahtera to trace back the patient’s footsteps and take appropriate actions like administering testing for everyone who has been in the same location.

For the MySejahtera app to work, it needs your help. It requires the participation of all Malaysians, and it needs the most accurate and current information you can provide. So do your part, download and register your self on the MySejahtera app.

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