Asia deploys innovative, if invasive, tech to curb virus


An official showing a bracelet and complementary tracking app that will be given to inbound travelers requiring compulsory home-quarantine during a news conference at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) in Hong Kong, China. — Bloomberg

HONG KONG: Electronic bracelets and phones that report your whereabouts, text messages if you stray too far from quarantine and digital detectives tracking where you've been — Asian countries have embraced innovative, if somewhat invasive, tech to counter the coronavirus pandemic.

When Hong Kong stylist Declan Chan flew home from Zurich earlier this week he was greeted by officials who placed an electronic device on his arm.

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