CORONAVIRUS/’Electronic fence’ nabs individuals breaching COVID-19 protocols

Focus Taiwan
Date: 01/01/2021
By: Chang Ming-hsuan,
Chen Yu-ting and Chung Yu-chen

Mayday concert on Dec. 31, 2020. Photo courtesy of B’in Music

Taipei, Jan. 1 (CNA) Five people in Taiwan who attended a New Year's Eve concert in violation of COVID-19 protocols were caught Thursday by a mobile phone-based "electronic fence" launched by Taiwan's health authorities.

The individuals were spotted at the concert within 30 minutes after it started by "Skynet," an electronic fence that relies on GPS location tracking to enforce quarantine or health management restrictions, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The violators, who attended the year-end concert in Taoyuan featuring the Taiwanese pop band Mayday, were required to follow "self-health management" guidelines.

The guidelines, which arrivals to Taiwan must follow for seven days after completing mandatory 14-day quarantines, normally require people to wear masks at all times and take their temperatures twice a day and suggest that they not to go to public places.

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