Antigua: Tracking Devices For People In COVID-19 Quarantine

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, has said that persons who are in COVID-19 quarantine will be mandated to wear tracking bracelets.

The devices are already in the country and will be used soon once they are programmed and tested, local reports say.

Antigua Observer quoted Prime Minister Browne as saying Saturday during his weekly radio programme that anyone who tampers with the devices will face a heavy fine.

Browne spoke ahead of a meeting of parliament Monday to discuss additional amendments to Antigua & Barbuda’s COVID-19 regulations.

ABS TV reported that sim cards are being programmed into the  tracking devices to enable  GPS capability.

The bracelets are equipped with temperature and heart monitors so people will not have to manually send this vital information to the health officials, it stated.

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.

Antigua & Barbuda has recorded 141 cases of COVID-19, seven of which are active.

Seventy-two individuals are in home quarantine while 13 are in state quarantine, according to the local reports.

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