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Hong Kong activates only a third of virus quarantine wristbands as thousands return home – Source Reuters Tech News

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Many overseas arrivals in the Asian financial hub of Hong Kong are going unmonitored as they begin two weeks of mandatory self-quarantine, with only a third of the 6,000 electronic wristbands issued to them being activated, authorities said on Friday.

Passengers in protective suits arrive at Hong Kong International Airport, following the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Hong Kong, China March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong has witnessed a surge in people returning home this week, as they flee an explosion of disease caused by a coronavirus in Europe, North America and the Middle East, but delays in verifying their accounts have held up the activations.

“I don’t have a smartphone,” said John Batten, an art critic based in the city who arrived from Australia on Thursday, adding that his tracking device had not yet been activated.

“I imagine someone is going to knock on my door at some point,” he said, adding that authorities at…

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