KEY POINTS
  • Starting at midnight on Mar. 19, Hong Kong will put all arriving passengers under a two-week quarantine and medical surveillance in an attempt to prevent more spread of the COVID-19 disease.
  • Hong Kong's government begun requiring the use of an electronic wristband, accompanied by a smartphone app, in an effort to enforce the self-quarantine measures.
  • One passenger told CNBC, "I felt a bit weird about the bracelet-checking thing because of privacy reasons, but I understand why they have to do that."
Declan Chan received a wristband upon returning to Hong Kong to monitor his movement while under 14-day quarantine.

Hong Kong is using electronic wristbands as part of its effort to enforce quarantines and reduce the spread of the new coronavirus.

The measure comes as the government announced that starting at midnight on March 19, it is putting all arriving passengers under a two-week quarantine and medical surveillance. The city's leader Carrie Lam said that of 57 new cases Hong Kong recorded in the past two weeks, 50 were travelers from overseas.