Hong Kong mandates COVID tracing app for most adults

  • Date: 09-Dec-2021
  • Source: Kuwait Times
  • Sector:Healthcare
  • Country:Kuwait
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Hong Kong mandates COVID tracing app for most adults

HONG KONG: The Hong Kong government made its check-in app mandatory for most adults in bars and restaurants yesterday, the latest expansion of coronavirus tracing tech at a time of heightened privacy concerns in the city. The international finance hub has kept infections at bay thanks to mostly closed borders, some of the world’s strictest quarantine rules and ongoing social distancing rules.

No local infections have been recorded in months, but the city is further ramping up virus measures, aligning with China’s zero-COVID strategy as it seeks quarantine-free travel with the mainland. From yesterday, all adults under 65 must use the city government’s COVID app, scanning QR codes to log their presence at 18 types of premises – including eateries, cinemas, gyms and karaoke venues. The logs can be used to trace infections if there is an outbreak. Children and the elderly were exempted at the last minute after a public backlash against the proposal to make the app mandatory for all.

The “Leave Home Safe” app has been in use since November 2020, but until yesterday, it was not mandatory and people could still fill out paper slips when entering venues. Chum Tak-shing, a local district councilor in Sham Shui Po,