- Governments worldwide are taking innovative approaches to slow
spread of the coronavirus — including modifying robots to aid
- Some of those methods, however, are also jarring.
- Some countries, like Taiwan, Poland, and Singapore, are
tracking citizens through geo-location services on mobile
- Other countries, like Tunisia, are imposing harsher lockdowns
— including a 6 pm to 6 am public curfew enforced by
- Here’s a roundup of some of the ways countries are fighting the
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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.
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.
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
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.
Singapore also requires all travelers get their temperature taken,
along with people entering high trafficked locations like schools
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
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
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.
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