• Nearly 8 In 10 S. Koreans Support Use Of Quarantine Wristbands
Tracking wristbands in Hong Kong
Tracking wristbands in Hong Kong
A recent poll shows nearly eight in 10 South Koreans support the use of electronic wrist monitors to prevent those under mandatory self-quarantine from leaving their homes and infecting others amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The Realmeter survey commissioned by TBS found 77.8 percent of respondents were for the move, while nearly 17 percent opposed it on the grounds that it violates human rights.

Earlier this week, the government said it was considering various options to deter people from breaking mandatory self-isolation, including the electronic wristbands and unannounced home visits.

A smartphone app is currently used to monitor those who should self-isolate, but there have been cases where people have violated rules by leaving their phones at home to go out and visit places, raising concern and putting others at risk.

The survey was conducted Wednesday on some 500 adults nationwide and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points and a confidence level of 95 percent.■

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