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Belgian port to test virus bracelets amid tech tracing fears

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Belgian port to test virus bracelets amid tech tracing fears
Photo caption: In this Wednesday, April 22, 2020 photo, deckhand Gerard Bakulikira, wears a Romware COVID Radius digital bracelet, which flashes red when he is too close […]. Article by Mark Carlson and Lorne Cook, Associated Press.

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — As the spread of the coronavirus eases and people gradually return to work pondering the impact it might have on their jobs, Europe’s second-biggest port is getting ready to test a device aimed at helping thousands of people employed there to respect social distancing.

At Antwerp in Belgium, where some 900 companies operate in an area the size of a small town, two teams of port workers will be wearing next month a bracelet originally designed to find tugboat crew members that have fallen overboard but now modified to help stop the spread of the disease.

Until a vaccine is found, respecting Europe’s recommended safe distance of 1.5 meters (around five feet), regular hand-washing and the use of masks remain the best methods to defend against any new virus outbreak. So, a mad scramble has begun to develop technologies to prevent its spread. […]

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