Starting from Friday, May 1, the smart quarantine system will be fully in place across the Czech Republic.
The project involves tracing past contacts of people who test positive for the virus five days back by creating “maps of their movements” with the help of banks and mobile phone operators.
Czech banks will provide data for the creation of memory maps. The data will be handed over to the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, which will require it based on the consent of infected people.
The information was provided by the Czech Banking Association (ČBA).
“We are relaxing several strict measures, people are starting to go to work and doing more activities outdoor, shops are opening and we need a system for finding positive cases. The virus has not disappeared, so in order to avoid a higher number of new patients, we have to be able to detect them effectively,” said Prymula.
Smart Quarantine should significantly ease the workload on regional hygiene stations and improve the efficiency of the current sample collection system. “It is a meaningful and important project that is crucial for all of us. Smart Quarantine will replace the universal restrictive measures and speed up our return to normal life,” Minister Vojtěch added.
Smart Quarantine is complemented by the eRouška application, which people can download to their smartphones for free. This is a voluntary tool but can help hygienists more easily and quickly find the people who have recently come into contact with infected people and who are at a high risk of infection. “They just have to download the app and let it run in the background,” said the minister about the app.
“This is a unique project, created through prompt cooperation among the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Defence, the Czech Army, the Integrated Rescue Services of the Czech Republic, and the private sector. We have managed to prepare a project of a scope that would take months, maybe even years, to prepare under normal circumstances, within mere weeks,” Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch said when presenting the project.