Russia to track people at risk of coronavirus

Mikhail Mishustin at a meeting with Vladimir Putin (2019-05-06, credits to, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license )

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Monday gave to Russian authorities five days to develop a tracking system using mobile phone geolocation data for whom have come into contact with anyone with coronavirus.

The new system will either inform people that came into contact with someone infected and notice the special regional headquarters in charge to fight the pandemic.

Russia declared 438 confirmed cases of coronavirus and one virus-related death, less than many European countries, and temporarily banning the entry of foreigners.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin addressed citizens of the capital over 65 and those with chronic illnesses saying to remain at home. Sobyanin told the elderly and other vulnerable residents to only visit pharmacies and shops if absolutely necessary from Thursday until April 14.

Russia is gradually tightening restrictive measures for quarantene and preparing its healthcare system for more cases.

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