South Korea plans tracking wristbands, US virus deaths rise

Posted at 2:06 AM, Apr 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-11 02:06:59-04

BY KIM TONG-HYUNG AND JOE MCDONALD, SEOUL — South Korea has announced plans to strap tracking wristbands on people who defy quarantine orders and Christians are urged to stay home this Easter weekend as the global coronavirus death toll passed 100,000.

South Korean officials say stricter controls are required because some of the 57,000 people who are under orders to stay home have slipped out by leaving behind smartphones with tracking apps.

U.S. health authorities reported more outbreaks in New York City and the surrounding region, an area with some 20 million people that accounts for more than half of the 500,000 American cases.

Other hot spots are in Detroit, Louisiana and the national capital, Washington.Worldwide, confirmed infections rose to 1.7 million, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.