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Poland launched a smartphone app on Friday, in a bid to ensure that the people who are supposed to be under a 14-day quarantine are actually staying locked up.

The app allows the quarantined individual to share selfies with the authorities, confirming that he or she is staying back home.

Digital ministry spokesman, Karol Manys told AFP, “People in quarantine have a choice: either receive unexpected visits from the police or download this app.”

The ” Home quarantine” app has been specially developed for the people who have come back from abroad and have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

The app has been equipped with features like geolocation and facial recognition that allows the quarantined individuals to provide proof of their homestay.

To begin using the app, a user is required to click a selfie and post it to the app. The application automatically demands more selfies at random intervals throughout the day.

However, if a user does not respond within 20 minutes, the local police are notified about the same and they make a trip to the concerned person’s house.

The Police said on Friday that they had imposed a fine of 500-zloty (111-euro, $118) on an individual who had disobeyed the mandatory quarantine rules. The police also added that penalties for breaking the quarantine period can be as high as 5,000 zlotys.

Meanwhile, as per Friday data, Poland has reported 425 coronavirus cases and 5 deaths.


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