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India plans wristband patient surveillance as lockdown eases

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Published: Apr. 22, 2020 at 5:33 PM CDT
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India says it plans to manufacture thousands of wristbands that will monitor the locations and temperatures of coronavirus patients and help perform contact tracing.

The wristband project aims to track quarantined patients and aid health workers and those delivering essential services. India is ramping up surveillance as it begins to ease one of the world’s strictest virus lockdowns.

It has nearly 20,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 640 deaths, and experts fear the epidemic’s peak could still be weeks away.

Thousands of wristbands are expected to be deployed, but an exact figure has not been released.