Friday, May 1, 2020

Life after lockdown: Electronic monitoring, fines and compulsory face masks

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What will the new normal look like when the lockdown finally ends? If it’s anything like Taiwan, it will be a lot less social and a lot more authoritarian.
Taiwan was one of the few places in the world that didn’t go into lockdown and kept its economy running and citizens working while only recording six deaths out of 400 coronavirus cases.
But it made some immediate and, for the time being, permanent adjustments that could hold the key to what our future will look like in the age of the coronavirus.
While major international airports in the United States are still not temperature checking visitors to our country — and then losing track of them once they exit the airport — Taiwan is the polar opposite.
All international arrivals to the island have their temperature checked and, according to NBCNews, they have to turn over their cell phones so health authorities can record and track them using the GPS signals. And everyone has to make sure they’re quarantined for 14 days. If they can’t track your phone — maybe you have bad reception or your battery dies — expect a visit from the police.
If you don’t answer your phone when the authorities call, text message will be sent that read, “Please return home immediately. Violations of home isolation/home quarantine regulations will result in fines and mandatory placement. The Central Epidemic Command Center cares about you.”
Read the rest from Paula Froelich HERE.

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