Karnataka wants hourly selfies to prove home quarantine compliance


Bengaluru, March 30 All persons in home quarantine across Karnataka should send hourly selfie to the state government on a dedicated mobile app to prove their isolation compliance, state Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar said on Monday.

"All persons ordered to be in home quarantine shall send their selfie to the government every hour from home," he said in a statement.

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The state government has designed the app for taking selfie and it can be downloaded from Google Play.

The selfie must be taken in the person's home where he/she is quarantined.

"As the selfie photo has GPS (global positioning system) coordinates, the person's location can be known," said Sudhakar.

The government has exempted the selfie rule from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., for allowing the home quarantined person to sleep.

In the event of the person not complying with the order, home quarantine enforcement teams will shift the defaulter to the state-run mass quarantine centres in their location, the minister warned.

The teams will verify every selfie and persons sending false selfies will be whisked away to the mass quarantine centres.

The teams will also visit homes of the quarantined persons, take their picture and send it to the government.