Robots, government-mandated selfies, and military lockdowns — here are some of the innovative and sometimes startling ways in which countries are fighting the coronavirus outbreak

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Governments worldwide are taking innovative approaches to slow the spread of the coronavirus — including modifying robots to aid in hospitals.
Some of those methods, however, are also jarring.
Some countries, like Taiwan, Poland, and Singapore, are tracking citizens through geo-location services on mobile phones.
Other countries, like Tunisia, are imposing harsher lockdowns — including a 6 pm to 6 am public curfew enforced by military.
Here’s a roundup of some of the ways countries are fighting the virus.
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Taiwan is rolling out an “electronic fence” strategy that utilizes location-tracking services in mobile phones to ensure people who are quarantined stay in their homes.

Source: Reuters

Poland is asking citizens to download a government app called “Home Quarantine,” and respond to the app’s random requests for geo-located selfies when prompted. The police will be alerted if a user fails to comply within 20 minutes.

Source: Business Insider

South Korea has developed “phone booths” where individuals — even those without symptoms — can get tested for coronavirus in seven minutes through a glass wall, allowing for fast, widespread testing.

Source: The Straits Times, New York Times

Singapore is using a surveillance app as well, but uses location services to identify whether or not people have been in close proximity to coronavirus patients.

Source: Business Insider, Business Insider

Singapore also requires all travelers get their temperature taken, along with people entering high trafficked locations like schools and restaurants.

Source: STAT

Some hospitals in Thailand are using modified “ninja robots” to help with the treatment of coronavirus patients. The wheeled robots can take patients’ temperatures and are equipped with a screen, allowing doctors to video chat with patients and minimize risk of exposure.

Source: Business Insider

Italy, which has surpassed China as the country with the most coronavirus-related deaths, is now tightening its lockdown to prohibit “outdoor physical and leisure activities,” such as jogging.

Source: CNN

Other countries like Tunisia are instituting harsher public curfews. From 6 pm to 6 am each day, police officers and military personnel patrol the streets to ensure no one leaves their homes.

Source: New York Times

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