China has created and launched a mobile app that allows people to check whether they have been at risk of catching the coronavirus by being in close proximity to infected persons.
The ‘close contact detector’ app was created by China’s National Health Commission (NHC), General Office of the State Council and the China Electronics Technology Group Corporations (CETC), using health and transport data.
Users can find out if they are at risk by scanning a quick response (QR) code using apps like payment service Alipay or social media platform WeChat. They then need to register the app with their phone number by entering their name and ID numbers.
The government has advised those who have come in close contact with infected people to self-quarantine by staying home for 14 days and getting in touch with local authorities.
Examples of close contact with an infected person include people who work together in confined spaces such as an office or live in the same house, commuters in air-conditioned spaces or passengers on trains sharing the same compartment.
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