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Singapore mandates use of tracing app as it fights COVID's spread

Residents will not be able to leave home without a digital device by end of year

A theater asks moviegoers to check-in by scanning a QR code with special app-equipped smartphones. By the end of the year, Singaporeans will have to carry either a Bluetooth token or a special app-equipped smartphone to go almost anywhere in the city-state.

SINGAPORE -- Singapore has begun requiring everyone to carry a digital device -- either their smartphone with a government contact-tracing app or an electronic token -- that is meant to help authorities identify those who might have had contact with coronavirus patients.

The new layer of surveillance has some Singaporeans concerned about potential mission creep. These worries were not dispersed by its introduction on Monday, when it became compulsory for moviegoers entering cinemas. ''I did not know it had become mandatory to use the app starting today,'' said Raghbeer Singh, who seemed perplexed in front of a movie theater. "The government announcement always comes at the last minute."

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