Anyone entering or leaving a building or public space in Wuhan is required to scan special location-marking codes with their phone.
How Wuhan is Using Digital Gatekeeping to Reopen
Published: June 11, 2020
Narrator: In Wuhan, residents are allowed to travel and move about.
Liu Qi: Every time I went downstairs to shop for food, I noticed there were more and more people outside. That was a very good sign.
Narrator: But it's hardly back to normal. Fear for second outbreak runs high and many restrictions remain in place. Anyone entering or leaving a building or public space is required to use their phone to scan special location-marking codes.
Liu Qi: The gate of your complex is the first check-point you need to go through when you try to go out. Using apps like WeChat or Alipay, you scan the QR code and tell the app if you are entering or exiting. The system records your location automatically. Based on your current health condition, you’re given a code. Anyone with a green code is allowed to leave freely. But if you have a yellow or red code, which means you’ve had contact with someone infected or you’re infected, you can’t go anywhere.
Narrator: At the same time, monitors take body temperatures at each access point. These measures have been introduced to squash new outbreaks. They track each person's movements, in order to alter them later if it turns out they were exposed to the virus.
Liu Qi: If someone who was in the same place at the same time as you is diagnosed later, you’ll get a notice immediately. If your status becomes yellow, then you have to isolate yourself at home for a while.
Narrator: In that instance, the person notified is flagged and if they try to scan into a public space during the next 7 days they will be denied entry.
Liu Qi: It’s all very strict now. But it’s for our safety.
Narrator: And after being very sick, scared and locked down for weeks, Liu is relieved to be out and about, no matter what the restrictions. Just grateful to be healthy.
Liu Qi: I want to say one more thing. This outbreak really taught me something, people are precious. Cherish everything you have, be kind to everyone you met.
Directed and Produced by: Sarah Holt
Edited by: Ralph Avellino, Ryan Shepheard, Michael H. Amundson
Digital Producer: Angelica Coleman
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