China is launching a tracking app to let citizens know if they have been close to someone who has been exposed to coronavirus
- Software can tell users if they have been in the vicinity of a confirmed or suspected case
- It is released by authorities and supported by the Beijing mass surveillance system
- People need their phone number, name and ID information to use the app
- Concerned Chinese have made more than 100 million inquiries within a few hours
Chinese authorities have launched an official smartphone app to tell its citizens whether they have been in the vicinity of a confirmed or suspected corona virus patient.
The software, called the ‘close contact detector’, is set up to monitor the movements of more than one billion users and to enable them to find information about patients in their neighborhood who use the country’s massive surveillance system.
Users must link the program to a phone number along with their name and ID information, according to Xinhua News Agency, a co-developer of the service.
The software, called the ‘close contact detector’, allows residents to find out if they are at risk of being infected by showing suspected or confirmed coronavirus patients in their area
Concerned Chinese asked more than 100 million questions within hours of the app being launched by Xinhua and China Academy of Information and Communications Technology
The app was officially released on Monday and is intended to cover nearly one billion people in the country.
And at 6 p.m. that day, the Chinese had already made over 100 million inquiries, Xinhua said.
It was developed by Economic Information Daily, a subsidiary of Xinhua, as well as the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology.
Before the launch, the public already used similar apps developed by commercial companies such as Yi Kuang and Yi Xiao Zou.
Allows users to check on diagnosed and potential carriers in different radius, usually between one and three kilometers.
The new coronavirus has killed at least 1,370 people and infected more than 60,380 worldwide
The new coronavirus strain, formally known as COVID-19, has so far killed at least 1,370 people and infected more than 60,380 worldwide.
China has linked its citizens’ behavior during health checks to their social credit accounts in the aftermath of the epidemic.
Allegedly, one city has punished nine people using the national scheme after deliberately withholding information about their health and travel.
The individuals, all from the city of Hangzhou, would have refused to provide personal information in a fair manner during the community health checks to prevent them from being quarantined.
The Chinese city of Hangzhou has linked the performance of its inhabitants during coronavirus health checks to the country’s social credit system. People who deliberately withhold and hide information about their health and travel history are punished by the scheme
The authority of the city has encouraged the public to provide authentic information about themselves and their family members to health professionals in an effort to stop the spread of the rapidly spreading virus
Across China, 254 people died of coronavirus – including 242 in Hubei – on the deadliest day of the outbreak so far. The daily death toll is more than seven and a half times the number of fatalities on Wednesday and brings the number of victims worldwide to 1,369.
Another 15,152 Chinese citizens were found to be infected yesterday, compared to 2,015 cases the day before.
This means that a total of at least 60,380 people worldwide, including 59,804 in China, have so far been ill from the corona virus.
And today an 80-year-old woman died in Japan with the corona virus and became the first registered victim in the country.
Death only makes Japan the third place outside of China to declare that someone has died of the virus, along with Hong Kong and the Philippines.