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China pushes for global COVID-19 QR code to reopen international travel

Chinese President Xi Jinping is pushing for a global COVID-19 tracking system using QR codes, to help fast-track international travel and business during the coronavirus pandemic.

China mandated the widespread use of QR-based health certificates earlier this year.

The system, which uses an electronic barcode to store a person’s travel and health history, has been credited with helping to curb the spread of the virus.

The code issues users with a colour code based on their potential exposure to the novel coronavirus.

The colours are like traffic lights — green is safest, then amber and finally red.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is pushing for a global Covid-19 tracking system using QR codes. Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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