Coronavirus: 5 Bangladeshi youths design quarantine tracker app
DOT Desk:  The app makers said GPS and face detection system have been used in the tracking app.  Five Bangladeshi youths have designed an app to track the movements of individuals who have been quarantined in the country to stem the outbreak of coronavirus. The app, “Quarantine Tracker” was designed by five students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) in Dhaka and Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) in Sylhet, reports UNB.
Arup Goldar Dhrubo, Nayeem Reza, and Sakib Hasan Souro, passed from Buet, and Dhananjay Biswas and Foysal Ahmed Shuvo passed from Sust.  The app makers said technologies of GPS (global positioning system) and face detection system have been used in the app which will help the government to track the quarantined people.
 Although the government made 14 days’ home quarantine mandatory for anyone arriving in Bangladesh from abroad, it is really struggling to monitor them.  The leader of the app team, Sakib Hasan, said countries like China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore have become successful so far to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic as they managed to run the quarantine program on a major scale by using the technologies.
 “If we want to quarantine a large number of people in our country, it is almost impossible to do so manually. In this case, the app will play a vital role to track the individuals in quarantine. “We expect government support in this regard and hope they will scale up their operations in fighting against the pandemic by using the app,” Sakib said.
 With a view to supporting the community through technology in such a situation, he said, they are thinking of opening the app for all.
 Bangladesh has so far recorded three deaths and 33 infections from Covid-19, a pandemic announced by the World Health Organization (WHO).  The fast spreading coronavirus, which was first reported in China’s Wuhan, has claimed more than 16,500 lives and infected over 381,000 people across the world till date, according to Worldometer.