Scott Morrison on a teleconference call with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. (Image: AAP/POOL/Mick Tsikas)

When Australia announced it was developing a contact tracing app like Singapore, the city-state was leading the world in its fight against COVID-19. Now it’s well and truly not. 

The country has sunk deep into a second wave of cases, with the disease silently spreading through cramped dormitories occupied by foreign workers.

Many looked to Singapore’s use of technology as one of the ways it was beating the virus. But even the developer of the Singapore app himself has warned technology is not a panacea