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Chinese citizens turn to virus tracker apps to avoid infected neighborhoods – Source Reuters Tech News

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – Chinese citizens are using mapping programs and travel trackers in a bid to avoid neighborhoods with infections of the coronavirus and to better prepare for the dangers they face.

FILE PHOTO – A woman wearing a mask checks her mobile phone in Shanghai, China January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

Both data mapping company QuantUrban and a third-party Wechat mini-program developer have created platforms that take official information on the neighborhoods where confirmed cases live and map it geographically so that users can gauge how close they are to infection sites.

While the WeChat program, called “YiKuang” – or “Epidemic Situation”, covers the southern cities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou, QuantUrban’s browser-based maps also cover nine other cities in the province.

“Shenzhen might have a major outbreak in the next few days, and government data comes out slowly,” said April, a Shenzhen-based manager who declined to give her full name. …

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