Chinese cities have ordered their citizens to use QR codes to prove that they are not potential coronavirus carriers when they go out.
Residents in Wuhan, Hangzhou and in Yunnan Province must now scan special barcodes at the entrance to public places or transportation stations to prove their health status.
The news comes while China reported 105 new deaths at night, including 100 at Hubei epicenter, bringing the number of fatalities to at least 1,775.
Citizens in multiple Chinese cities now need to scan special barcodes at the entrance to public places or transportation stations to prove that they are not potential coronavirus carriers. A woman with a Minnie Mouse face mask sees her phone on February 11 in Beijing
The city of Hangzhou, in Zhejiang Province in eastern China, has divided its citizens into three groups, represented by three corresponding “health codes.” The green code means that the person is not a confirmed or suspicious patient. The yellow code means that the person is in quarantine but has less than seven days left. The red code means that the person must be isolated for 14 days
Strict regulations came into effect in Hangzhou today, according to a government notice.
The provincial capital Zhejiang has divided its citizens into three groups, represented by three corresponding ‘health codes’.
Residents who have not contacted confirmed or suspected patients will be assigned a green code that will allow them to leave their home without restrictions.
Those who are in quarantine receive a yellow or red code, depending on how many days they have isolated themselves. When they have just started their quarantine, they are tagged with a red code; but if they have isolated themselves for more than a week, a yellow code will be issued.
Residents must pass the virtual health checks before they enter restaurants, shops, public buildings and residential complexes or use the metro and buses.
“When the verification result is green, [they] can pass; when the verification code is red or yellow, [they] will be treated according to the regulations, “said Hangzhou News, quotes a government statement.
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In order for their health tags to change from yellow or red to green, the locals must provide their living room ID information and location data on their mobile devices for the past 14 days.
Those without smartphones can request a physical health card.
Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, implemented similar rules yesterday.
The city with 14 million inhabitants at the end of last month due to the virus.
Most public places are closed, but for the few facilities that remain open, they require the locals to provide their health verification via their telephone before they enter.
All cities, towns and villages of the Yunnan province in southern China applied the method to prevent the spread of the disease last Wednesday.
More than 71,000 have contracted the virus, including 454 on a cruise ship quarantined for Japan
Nearly 1,800 people around the world have now died of the murderous corona virus or COVID-19
Nearly 1,800 people around the world have now died of the murderous corona virus that is sweeping the planet quickly.
And more than 71,430 have caught the virus, formally known as COVID-19, including 454 on a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan.
Ninety-five percent of the 2,000 new cases registered yesterday were diagnosed in Hubei, the deserted Chinese province at the center of the crisis.