The government of the Russian capital stated on Saturday that they could introduce a system to control the self-isolation regime if this regime is violated or the situation with the coronavirus pandemic in Moscow worsens.
"The capital's technical infrastructure is ready to launch a smart system for monitoring compliance with the self-isolation rules. Its launch is not required right now, but should the epidemiological situation worsen, the system can be launched quite quickly," Eduard Lysenko, the head of the city government's IT department told reporters.
Should the smart control system be launched — which would require a separate decree of the city government — the residents will have to obtain a special personal code to be able to report their movements inside the city, according to Lysenko.
"It will still be possible to move around both on foot and on public transport or private car — you just need to notify the city of your plans and have the designated code on you," the IT department chief said.
Such codes can be obtained either on the e-government portal mos.ru or by cellphone to be then stored at all times either electronically or as a printed hard copy, he said.
The day before, Moscow's COVID-19 response centre said that people younger than 45 account for nearly 50 percent of the new coronavirus patients registered in Moscow, with the infection confirmed in 17 more children.
According to the recent official data provided bu the World Health Organisation, the total number of people infected with COVID-19 reached 976,249 as of Friday, while the number of fatalities reached 50,489. At the same time, the number of coronavirus cases registered in Russia has reached 4,731 with 43 fatalities.