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Coronavirus

Singapore's SafeEntry check-in system plugs holes in virus tracing

As economy reopens, officials rely on QR code scans at thousands of locations

Checking in will not be required at parks -- but it is still encouraged. (Photo by Kentaro Iwamoto)

SINGAPORE -- From the early days of the coronavirus crisis, contact tracing has been a core element of Singapore's containment strategy. Now the city-state is raising its tracking game.

Come Tuesday, visiting a shopping mall, entering a factory or even getting a haircut will entail a mandatory online check-in. This system, called SafeEntry, will be introduced gradually in taxis hailed on the street and other places as well, as the country begins to reopen.

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