Covid-19: Taiwan’s new ‘electronic fence’ for quarantines leads wave of virus monitoring


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  • Friday, 20 Mar 2020

People wait in long lines to buy face masks in order to protect themselves from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), outside a pharmacy in Taipei, Taiwan. Governments around the world are combining technology and human efforts to enforce quarantines that require people who have been exposed to the virus to stay in their homes, but Taiwan's system is believed to be the first to use mobile phone tracking for that purpose. — Reuters

TAIPEI: Taiwan, which has won global praise for its effective action against the coronavirus, is rolling out a mobile phone-based "electronic fence" that uses location-tracking to ensure people who are quarantined stay in their homes.

Governments around the world are combining technology and human efforts to enforce quarantines that require people who have been exposed to the virus to stay in their homes, but Taiwan's system is believed to be the first to use mobile phone tracking for that purpose.

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