By Cameron Abbott, Warwick Andersen, Rob Pulham and Max Evans
A slew of Asian countries have
begun to use telecommunications networks, Smart Phone Applications and
messaging services to assign, inform, track and/or monitor individuals which
may have contracted COVID-19, including those which are required to undertake a
process of self-isolation, according to articles from Wired,
News Asia and Bangkok Post.
In China, apps such as WeChat and AliPay have been utilised to assign individuals health codes, referred to as colour codes, to determine whether they should undertake a process of self-isolation. According to the NY Times a green code enables its holder to move about unrestricted, a yellow code asks the individual to stay home for seven days whilst a red code requires a two-week quarantine. In South Korea, government authorities have sent out texts detailing the movements of specific people infected with COVID in addition to using a smartphone app to ensure people who are required to self-isolate are staying home.