Russia developing coronavirus tracking app to ensure patients stay home

It seems Russia is taking a leaf out of China’s book. The country is scheming to roll out an app to track citizens diagnosed with coronavirus in an effort to monitor whether they’re abiding orders to stay home.

According to government officials, the software is expected to launch by Thursday, BBC reports. The move coincides with a larger initiative between European health institutions to create a network of virus-tracking apps that communicate with each other. The UK and Germany are purportedly working on similar solutions, too.

Russia‘s software will initially be limited to citizens who’ve tested positive for COVID-19, but have been released from the hospital. BBC notes the app will request access to users’ calls, location, camera, storage, network information, and other data. It’ll be available for both Android and iOS.