Singapore will require a digital check-in system for visitors to buildings where many people gather from Tuesday, the Singapore government announced on its website. With the system, called SafeEntry, the city-state wants to be able to find out who was around each other in connection with the coronavirus.
Factories and offices, supermarkets, hairdressers, schools, shopping centers and hotels, among others, are required to offer the system. Identification numbers and mobile phone numbers are stored via the system.
People who want to enter the building can have their ID card read out or scan a QR code on their smartphone to indicate their presence. Companies are responsible for ensuring that people who enter are actually registered.
The obligation follows after Singapore was one of the first countries to build an app to find out who was around each other: TraceTogether. The Singaporean government can use the app to contact people who may be at risk.
However, the app is said to have been downloaded by less than a quarter of the population. According to experts, that is too little to be effective. After all, a corona patient could come close to others without being warned afterwards.
Singapore is experiencing a new rise in the number of corona cases
Singapore currently has nearly 25,000 confirmed cases of a COVID-19 infection, according to Johns Hopkins University. The country saw its peak of new cases on April 20, after which the number of newly confirmed infections declined.
However, since two weeks the country has regularly seen an increase in the number of new infections. The city-state announced on April 21 that it would gradually lift restrictions. Offices and factories, among others, will open again in phases, and subject to conditions. SafeEntry became partially available from April 23.
The new check-in system is not mandatory for drugstores and small shops, but the government does encourage use there. There is also no obligation for restaurants and cafes, because in Singapore only pick-up and delivery is possible. The rules can be adjusted if Singapore decides to relax more measures.
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