The state of South Australia began using a facial recognition and geolocation application at the end of August to ensure that people who are quarantine are not leaving their homes.
As reported by ABC NEWS, the use of this control and tracking system began with people returning from trips to the states of Victoria and New South Wales. The premier of South Australia, Steven Marshall, hopes to implement it for those returning from trips outside the country.
It should be noted that currently, the vast majority of quarantines in Australia are being carried out in hotels and not everyone returning to South Australia who wants to do home quarantine will be able to do so, as they will have to apply to SA Health.
They will have to prove that they are fully vaccinated and have a place to quarantine and those who are approved will be able to download the application needed to do home quarantine and be screened.
Marshall assured that the application will only be used to verify that people are in the place where they said they were going to quarantine and that the information from the application will not be stored by the government.
Home quarantine compliance monitoring will be done by randomly contacting those serving the confinement and asking them to provide proof of their current location within 15 minutes.
In the event of not being able to verify a person’s location or identity, the application will notify the police so that they can go in person to carry out the verification.
Robert Carling, who is a senior economics researcher at the Center for Independent Studies, spoke to Fox News about this mode of control and said that while it is “Orwellian,” it is a better option than quarantining in a hotel and being watched by the police.
He also stressed that Australians hate these hotel quarantines and would be willing “to take any form of home quarantine instead of hotel quarantine,” which is paid for by every Australian citizen and costs U.S. $1,850.
It should be noted that Australia is one of the countries with the strongest restrictions and Australians have not been allowed to leave the country since March 2020, except for special permits. Carling said that this ban on leaving the country is a “totalitarian, North Korea-style measure. Many other countries have had compulsory quarantine of some kind but they haven’t had exit bans.”
The Australian government is very strict about enforcing restrictions and even uses military force to keep people indoors.
Between late July and early August, the Australian government sent 300 soldiers to the areas most affected by the CCP virus to prevent people from leaving their homes more than once a day, as well as to knock on the doors of people who tested positive for the virus to make sure they are isolated.
The government’s plan is to reach 80% of the population vaccinated and thereafter remove most restrictions. This goal is expected to be achieved before the end of the year.
The question is whether having 80% of the population vaccinated will ensure that there is almost no spread of the virus, although considering the case of Israel, where more than 60% of the population has been vaccinated with two doses and they are already applying the third dose, the number of infected people continues to rise and it is mainly among the vaccinated.