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Covid-19 Patients And Close Contacts May Soon Be Required To Wear Tracking Wristbands

Malaysian Health Minister, Dr Adham Baba announced that an electronic tracking device may soon be required for Covid-19 patients as part of the 5 new provisions under the Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021. This will commence 11 March to reduce the spread of Covid-19 infections.

The wristband or tracking device will be made mandatory for Covid-19 patients, those under investigation, close contacts of those tested positive, and individuals under surveillance. The Health Minister added that the device has to be worn for 10 days or a penalty will be imposed on the individual if the tracking device is destroyed, damaged, lost, or altered.

A similar effort is made in South Korea, whereby people that are placed under quarantine are required to download an app that tracks and monitors their movement via GPS. South Korea eventually switched over to tracking wristbands as quarantine breakers tried to beat the system by leaving their phones at home.

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