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Smart quarantine system used to contact over 3,300 people potentially exposed to COVID-19

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The smart quarantine system was used in the Czech Republic to contact 3,300 persons that could potentially have been in contact with a person infected by the novel coronavirus, General Staff spokeswoman Magdalena Dvorakova told CTK today.

Dvorakova said it is hard to say how many infected people were detected by the smart quarantine system so far since the previous method of detecting potential infections and the smart quarantine were running at the same time in the early weeks of the system.

She also said that the military’s involvement with the system will be gradually decreased. The military was involved with setting up the system as well as managing its core operations, but it also provided the terrain sample collection teams.

The project should fall under the Health Ministry starting May 25, with only one sample-collection team provided by the military for each of the 16 regions of the Czech Republic.

Health Minister Adam Vojtech (for ANO) was tasked on Monday with preparing a detailed budget for the system’s continued functioning and personnel needs.

Vojtech is also to prepare the technical solution for the second phase of the system, expected to incorporate additional features, like integration with the eRouska application and voluntary movement tracing through the Mapy.cz application.

Vojtech also said today that the price for laboratory tests for COVID-19 will stay at 1,674 crowns, paid for by health insurance companies and that the only price increase could come from the costs of collecting samples, a procedure for which providers charge roughly 82 crowns at the moment.

The smart quarantine system began testing on March 30 in South Moravia and was launched for the whole country in early May. Since then, only tens of new infection cases are reported per day.

Deputy Health Minister Roman Prymula, who is coordinating the medical side of the system, said it could detect up to 80 percent of potential infection cases.

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