China Rolls Out Coronavirus App That Alerts Users Of Close Contact With Suspects
By Thanussha Priyah, 12 Feb 2020
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Chinese authorities have debuted a “close contact detect” app that informs citizens if they have been in close proximity of a person who is either a confirmed or suspected coronavirus patient.
To launch the app, users will first have to scan a QR code on their phones using apps like Alipay, WeChat or QQ. Once their phone number is registered, the user will need to fill up their personal details like their name and ID number.
Each registered phone number will then be entitled to check the statuses of three other ID numbers.
A “close contact” status refers to people who work closely with the affected in classrooms or offices, as well as medical staff, family members, and others who have had close contact with patients or their caregivers.
Passengers and crew members who share space with infected individuals in mass transit will also fall under “close contact.”
The app was created by the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation and various federal departments with the support of data by health and transport authorities, per China’s state-run news agency Xinhua.
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