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Korea’s ‘Self Quarantine Safety Protection App’

Innovative response

The close contacts under self-quarantine are linked to their one-on-one assigned government staff through an innovative ‘safety protection app,’ which allows the staff to monitor their symptoms twice a day, and be alerted when self-quarantine orders are broken. This tracking of the phone’s GPS location is done only with the consent of the close contacts.

Those under self-isolation are banned from leaving the country regardless of whether or not they develop symptoms. Those violating self-isolation will be imposed with a fine of KRW 10 million or less, or imprisonment for one year or less.

Specific issues addressed and anticipated impact

In order to monitor contacts under quarantine, Korea have developed this 'Self Quarantine Safety Protection App'.

Organisations/institutions involved

Republic of Korea