China pushes for QR health certificates for travel tracking amid COVID-19 Pandemic

China pushes for QR health certificates for travel tracking amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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China is pushing for a global ‘travel tracking’ system that will bring travel back to the world amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has in recent times been pushing for a tracking system that tracks travel, following the mandate of a wide-spread QR code system of tracking earlier this year — he is urging that the whole world does the same to stop the spread of the virus.

On November 21, Saturday, during a G20 leaders summit President Xi said there needs to be a ‘smooth functioning’ of the world’s economy, where countries need to track those who were infected with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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“Health certificates based on nucleic acid test results in the form of internationally are accepted as QR codes,” Xi said — “We support the G20 in carrying out institutionalized cooperation and building global cooperation networks to facilitate the flow of personnel and goods.”

The health certificates that are QR-based were introduced and are for the use of storing data on a person’s travel and health history.

The QR certificate can change colors dictating whether they should be quarantined or allowed out in public spaces.

People of interest, who can use the system, sign up to the Chinese wallet app, Alipay, and are assigned either green, yellow or red. There’s vague information about what each color means.

Once a user grants the software access to their personal data, part of the program sends a person’s location, city name and a unique identifier code number to a server.

Japan earlier this year also introduced COCOA (Contact-Confirming Application) which was designed by Microsoft which uses Bluetooth signals to detect any prior contact with other users that lasted more than 15 minutes, notifying them that they’ve been in close contact with a COVID-19 case.


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