When it comes to current modern technology – no country does it faster than China.

China has rolled out a mobile app “close contact detector,” enabling people to check whether they are at the risk of catching the novel coronavirus.

Following its release Saturday evening, users can scan a QR code via mobile apps like Alipay, WeChat or QQ to make an inquiry.

After registering with a phone number, users need to enter their name and ID number to know whether they were in close contact with someone infected.

The app was developed by the General Office of the State Council, the National Health Commission and China Electronics Technology Group Corporations.

According to the National Health Commission, close contact refers to someone who has come in close distance, with no effective protection.

It includes people who work close together, share the same classroom or live in the same house; work or live together in a closed environment as well as passengers and crew members who have been in the same transportation facility with patients and infected cases.

On a flight, for instance, all passengers in the same row and three rows in front and back of the case seat, as well as the flight attendants who provide cabin services in the area, are regarded as being in close contact.

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