Coronavirus: Bahrain to use electronic tags for people in quarantine

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April 5, 2020

April 5, 2020

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Bahraini authorities will require people under quarantine to wear electronic bracelets to ensure they comply with the measures to control the spread of coronavirus.

Every person confined to their home or to government quarantine centres will have to wear the device, Mohammad Ali, head of electronic government, told the Bahraini News Agency at the weekend.

Mr Ali said the first batch of the bracelets was ready but did not say when measure will be applied.

People fitted with the bracelets should not stray more than 15 metres away from their mobile phone, he said.

While people's movements can be tracked through their phones, the new measure prevents quarantine violators from escaping detection by leaving their phones at home or in the quarantine centre when they go out.

Mr Ali said the bracelets would be linked to the wearer's phone and the internet.

People who break quarantine faced fines ranging from $2,600 to $26,000, or a minimum of three months in jail, he said.

Even with the tags, people could still be asked at random to send selfies to prove they had not left their quarantine areas, he said.

Updated: April 5, 2020 06:02 PM

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