Tracking bracelets issued to discharged COVID-19 patients

Wani Roslan

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar yesterday described the use of tracking bracelets, already been issued to people undergoing quarantine.

“This is to ensure that they stay at home as the quarantine period has been extended from seven days to 14, for those discharged from the National Isolation Centre (NIC),” he told a press conference yesterday.

“The bracelet is quite sensitive. I tested it on myself, and it was able to detect me when I moved out of range. When a person takes it off, an alert will be sent to the police.”

The minister also disclosed that Brunei Darussalam is still monitoring the situation on a state and regional level, for the possibility of further measures that need to carried out.

“It remains to be seen whether they are applicable or otherwise,” he said, adding that several discussions would be held with overseas health partners to gain more information and even work out additional policies.

A file photo shows a passenger wearing a tracking bracelet in Hong Kong. Tracking bracelets have already been issued to people undergoing quarantine in Brunei Darussalam. PHOTO: AFP