Robots, government-mandated selfies, and military lockdowns — here are some of the innovative and sometimes startling ways in which countries are fighting the coronavirus outbreak

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  • Governments worldwide are taking innovative approaches to slow
    the
    spread of the coronavirus
    — including modifying robots to aid
    in hospitals.
  • Some of those methods, however, are also jarring.
  • Some countries, like Taiwan, Poland, and Singapore, are
    tracking citizens through geo-location services on mobile
    phones.
  • Other countries, like Tunisia, are imposing harsher lockdowns
    — including a 6 pm to 6 am public curfew enforced by
    military.
  • Here’s a roundup of some of the ways countries are fighting the
    virus.
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Taiwan is rolling out an “electronic fence” strategy that utilizes
location-tracking services in mobile phones to ensure people who
are quarantined stay in their homes.

Source:
Reuters

Poland is asking citizens to download a government app called “Home
Quarantine,” and respond to the app’s random requests for
geo-located selfies when prompted. The police will be alerted if a
user fails to comply within 20 minutes.

Source:
Business Insider

South Korea has developed “phone booths” where individuals — even
those without symptoms — can get tested for coronavirus in seven
minutes through a glass wall, allowing for fast, widespread
testing.

Source:
The Straits Times
,
New York Times

Singapore is using a surveillance app as well, but uses location
services to identify whether or not people have been in close
proximity to coronavirus patients.

Source:
Business Insider,

Business Insider

Singapore also requires all travelers get their temperature taken,
along with people entering high trafficked locations like schools
and restaurants.

Source:
STAT

Some hospitals in Thailand are using modified “ninja robots” to
help with the treatment of coronavirus patients. The wheeled robots
can take patients’ temperatures and are equipped with a screen,
allowing doctors to video chat with patients and minimize risk of
exposure.

Source:
Business Insider

Italy, which has surpassed China as the country with the most
coronavirus-related deaths, is now tightening its lockdown to
prohibit “outdoor physical and leisure activities,” such as
jogging.

Source:
CNN

Other countries like Tunisia are instituting harsher public
curfews. From 6 pm to 6 am each day, police officers and military
personnel patrol the streets to ensure no one leaves their homes.

Source:
New York Times

Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News
Robots, government-mandated selfies, and military lockdowns — here are some of the innovative and sometimes startling ways in which countries are fighting the coronavirus outbreak