Mexico City launches Coronavirus QR codes and rapid tests

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The goal of the new strategy is to “Break the Chain” of the COVID-19 spread in the city. Mexico City has launched a new strategy involving coronavirus QR codes and rapid testing as a part of a wider test-and-taste approach to stopping the spread of COVID-19. This move is made following a spike in hospitalizations raising concerns of a new economic lockdown. Mexico’s testing rate is one of the lowest in the world. For several months, it has worked to build capacity in its hospitals instead of using localized outbreaks…

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Chinese president pushes for global COVID QR code

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Xi Jinping may be facing an uphill battle in convincing the world to use a barcoded tracking system. Chinese President Xi Jinping is encouraging other world leaders to implement a global COVID QR code system comparable to the one his country rolled out months ago. The goal would be to help fast-track international business and travel even as the pandemic continues. Earlier this year, China required the use of QR codes in a color-coded public access system in its cities. It has been credited with being a major tool in…

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Twitter’s disappearing tweets are rolling out globally

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The so-called “fleets” feature will soon be available to users around the world. Twitter has announced that it is rolling out a new disappearing tweets feature. The fleets are posts that will disappear 24 hours after they are made. The fleets have been compared to the stories feature already available on Instagram and Snapchat. The disappearing tweets feature has been tested in South Korea, Italy, India, and Brazil. Now, it will be rolled out to users worldwide. Fleets are temporary posts that can be composed of text, pictures and videos.…

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Australian state developing own QR code check-in system for venues

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Victoria intends to launch its universal system “soon”, which will link with the state’s contact tracing. The Australian state of Victoria has announced that it is developing its own QR code check-in system for venues. This will link with the state’s COVID-19 contact tracing system and will be launched “soon”. The state government is building a specific tool for the hospitality industry as well as retail stores. This universal QR code check-in system will be available to hospitality and retail stores. Those venues will be asked to use the quick…

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Indian regulator bans new QR codes from being launched in the country

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The Reserve Bank of India is stopping the nation’s payment system operators from issuing its proprietary barcodes. The Indian banking regulator, the Reserve Bank of India, has announced that it is banning the generation of new QR codes that would have been the foundation of a new mobile payments system in the country. The regulator has stated that the new proprietary quick response codes will no longer be permitted. The national payment system is no longer allowed to issue new QR codes from its proprietary format for the purpose of…

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