Turkey to track patients with smartphone application

Turkey will introduce a smartphone application to track coronavirus patients and those they have been in contact with to ensure they remain at home in self-isolation, the presidency said Thursday.

The app, named the “Pandemic Isolation Tracking Project”, is being developed by the health ministry to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

If an individual goes outside, they will receive a text warning and will be contacted with an automatic call asking them to return home.

If the individual repeatedly violates the rule, police will be notified and they will face the “necessary administrative measures and sanctions” but the president did not give details of what these might be.

April 9, 2020

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