The “self-quarantine safety protection” app allows those in mandatory quarantines to stay in contact with case workers and report on their progress. The app also utilizes GPS technology to ensure the patients abide by the compulsory quarantine measures. The app is expected to limit the spread of the COVID-19 and minimize its impact.
- The app reminds users to check their symptoms every day.
- The app also uses GPS technology to keep track of users’ locations, making sure they don’t break their quarantine. Apart from such tracking technology, officials call twice a day to ensure people don’t avoid tracking by leaving their phones at home.
- Those violating quarantine without a proper reason will be immediately reported to the authorities. The police have been given the authority to immediately respond in the event that an individual has left their quarantine zone without prior authorization. Violating quarantine is punishable by up to one year in prison or a fine of up to KRW 10 million ($8,150). If they are foreign citizens, they will be immediately deported.
- As of April, travelers from the US and Europe entering South Korea have been required to download the app.
- The app is expected to enable the government to stay informed of the whereabouts of people who are in mandatory home quarantine and ensure that the conditions of the quarantine are not violated, with the final aim to contain the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- About 45% of those who are required to self-quarantine have downloaded the app, facilitating the control of the COVID-19 spread and impact.
Source: Technology Review