The Antigua and Barbuda government has received 200 high-tech COVID-19 bracelets which will be used to monitor people’s movements in quarantine.
The bracelets use GPS location-tracking which send an alert to health authorities if the wearer leaves their outlined boundaries. The bracelets are equipped with temperature and heart monitors. That vital information will also be sent to health authorities. They are also tamper-proof and will send alerts to officials if someone opens, cuts the strap, breaks or in any way damages the device.
Health Minister Nicholas Steele said the devices have been deemed necessary due to people flouting quarantine rules. An additional 300 bracelets will be purchased by the government shortly.
Health officials are being trained in the use of the bracelets, interpreting the information collected and implementing regulations. The implementation of a command centre is also planned.
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