China removes mobile app travel indication through COVID-affected cities | world News

BEIJING (Reuters) – A state-owned Chinese mobile app that shows whether a person has traveled in a city with COVID-affected areas will no longer show such travel history, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said on Wednesday.

The app will no longer display an asterisk indicating that a person has traveled through the city with cases of COVID-19 as part of an effort to improve the convenience of domestic travel, the ministry said.

The asterisk sign has helped local authorities identify visitors who have traveled to areas with sporadic COVID cases and help local authorities implement various restrictions such as quarantine and COVID testing.

(Reporting by Roxanne Liu and Ryan Wu; editing by Andrew Havens)

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