Thailand: No trip to the mall without tracking app

As Thailand’s economy gradually tries to get back to normal, shopping malls – among other locations – were allowed to reopen on May 17, albeit under strict safety measures including distancing and mandatory face mask.

Another feature is the inauguration of a new tracking application, named Thai Chana (“Thai Victory”), which has been introduced to all business operators that resumed business in what the country’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) called the second-phase easing of lockdown restrictions.

CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin said that businesses can register online for the application and will receive a QR code, which can be posted in front of their premises for customers to scan when entering and exiting.

With the online tracking system, customers can be tracked and text messages will be sent to them in case they need to be tested, if a customer visiting the same venue has tested positive for Covid-19.

Some 26,000 shops already registered

All business operators, even street food vendors, can register for the system, he said, noting that the application would “facilitate the government’s attempts” to quickly track people infected with Covid-19 and those in close contact with them. He, however, assured that customers’ privacy would be protected.

No details have yet been released on what personal information the app would expose.

On the first day of the malls openings, it reportedly came to long queues of people seeking to register for the app. The CCSA said that as of May 17, more than 26,000 shops, most of them in Bangkok, had registered with Thai Chana and over 4,600 people were checking in with it every minute.

Covid-19 tracking apps have also been introduced in other countries in the region, including Malaysia and Singapore.

As Thailand’s economy gradually tries to get back to normal, shopping malls – among other locations – were allowed to reopen on May 17, albeit under strict safety measures including distancing and mandatory face mask. Another feature is the inauguration of a new tracking application, named Thai Chana (“Thai Victory”), which has been introduced to all business operators that resumed business in what the country’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) called the second-phase easing of lockdown restrictions. CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin said that businesses can register online for the application and will receive a QR code, which can be...

As Thailand’s economy gradually tries to get back to normal, shopping malls – among other locations – were allowed to reopen on May 17, albeit under strict safety measures including distancing and mandatory face mask.

Another feature is the inauguration of a new tracking application, named Thai Chana (“Thai Victory”), which has been introduced to all business operators that resumed business in what the country’s Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) called the second-phase easing of lockdown restrictions.

CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin said that businesses can register online for the application and will receive a QR code, which can be posted in front of their premises for customers to scan when entering and exiting.

With the online tracking system, customers can be tracked and text messages will be sent to them in case they need to be tested, if a customer visiting the same venue has tested positive for Covid-19.

Some 26,000 shops already registered

All business operators, even street food vendors, can register for the system, he said, noting that the application would “facilitate the government’s attempts” to quickly track people infected with Covid-19 and those in close contact with them. He, however, assured that customers’ privacy would be protected.

No details have yet been released on what personal information the app would expose.

On the first day of the malls openings, it reportedly came to long queues of people seeking to register for the app. The CCSA said that as of May 17, more than 26,000 shops, most of them in Bangkok, had registered with Thai Chana and over 4,600 people were checking in with it every minute.

Covid-19 tracking apps have also been introduced in other countries in the region, including Malaysia and Singapore.

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