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Czech and Slovak Governments to Use Mobile Data to Track Virus

March 24, 2020, 1:16 PM

The Czech and Slovak governments are planning to use mobile phone tracking data to contain the spread of the coronavirus to shorten the lockdowns on every-day life that are hammering their economies.

Slovakia is preparing to alter legislation to use movement-tracking data, Premier Igor Matovic said on Tuesday. The Czechs approved a similar measure last week to establish centralized so-called “smart quarantines” that track the movements of people who have tested positive for Covid-19.

“The centralized system should be fully operational in two weeks,” Czech Deputy Health Minister Roman Prymula said. He called it “the only option to avoid the...

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