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Saudi Arabia Distributes Smart Bracelets for Self-Isolation at Home

Saudi Arabia Distributes Smart Bracelets for Self-Isolation at Home

Wednesday, 20 May, 2020 - 11:00
Riyadh - Asharq Al-Awsat

Saudi Arabia has set up technological services in several fields, especially with the coronavirus crisis. A new mobile app named "Tawakkalna,” which issues transportation passes for humanitarian cases and grocery shopping during the curfew, has been released.


The relevant bodies have expanded the app's use, announcing that it will also soon allow passes for walks within neighborhood parameters for one hour. More options will also be added, such as isolating at home instead of health facilities using smart bracelets for tracking.


Other plans include services such as: requesting an ambulance, an alert system for when patients and cases are near, a COVID-19 symptom-checker, and reporting cases during curfews, among others.


App users will be linked to social and humanitarian services such as "Furijat" to relieve the indebted, "Jood Al-Iskan" to help people look for housing, and "Wateen" for blood donations. The "Tawakkalna" app ensured that no fines are issued to those who exceed the specified time limit, saying such moves remain solely the responsibility of relevant security bodies.


New options and services will be added, including a grocery pass inside neighborhoods and an emergency grocery pass for four hours a week after total and partial curfews are imposed. Other passes include one that is issued by employers and appears on the app and a medical appointment pass that is issued by health facilities.


The “Tawakkalna” app, adopted by the Ministry of Health, is considered one of the most modern Saudi efforts to fight the coronavirus by providing live information about the number of cases, breaking news, and medical news issued by the Ministry of Health about the virus, its spread and protective measures.


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