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Bahrain distributing bracelets to track active cases of coronavirus

Electronic bracelet notifies monitoring station when they are 15 meters away from their phone

Bahrain distributing bracelets to track active cases of coronavirus

Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA) chief executive, Mohammed Ali Al Qaed. Image: BNA

Electronic bracelets are being distributed across Bahrain to keep track of active cases of coronavirus and their contacts.

The kingdom has 688 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and so far has recorded four deaths.

The bracelets are being distributed by the Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA), with the support of the Minister of Interior Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa.

iGA chief executive, Mohammed Ali Al Qaed, said: “The decision issued by HE the Minister of Health, Faeqa bint Saed Al Saleh, obliges self-isolating individuals to wear the electronic bracelet that will notify the monitoring station when they are 15 meters away from their phone, in which case a warning will be sent.”

Violators will potentially face a three-month prison sentence and a fine between BD1,000 and BD10,000, or either one of the two penalties.

The app requires users to ensure their smart devices are charged and that their location services, Bluetooth, GPS and internet connection is on. IPhone users will need to ensure that the ‘Allow Location Access’ is set at ‘Always’.

Self-isolating individuals using the application must identify their isolation location, in most cases their home, by selecting ‘Set Home Location’ upon arrival. Users can correct location information by calling 444.

Ministry of Health officials may randomly send picture requests to which self-isolating individuals must respond with a photo that clearly shows their face and bracelet.

Attempting to remove or tamper with the bracelet is a violation and officials confirmed the bracelet is waterproof. Self-isolating individuals are also required to schedule a Covid-19 test date three days prior to the end of their self-isolation period by calling 444 or visiting the Ministry of Health’s website.

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