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Coronavirus

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.

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