Euronews 3 Jun 2020

Coronavirus: Russia's tracking app sparks fury after mistakenly fining users


The tracking app for coronavirus patients got more than 2,500 complaints over several allegedly unjustified fines, including one to a bed-ridden professor who hadn't left home in a year.

The country's data inspectorate temporarily banned a coronavirus tracking app, raising several concerns about how users' location data, collected via GPS and Bluetooth, would be used.
Ten weeks after it became the first country in the world to impose a nationwide lockdown, Italy has begun easing its coronavirus restrictions. Shops, restaurants, bars and hairdressers are re-opening and people are free to travel within their own regions.

Italy was the epicentre of Europe's covid-19 outbreak, and almost 32,000 people have died there. Now the daily number of deaths and new cases is at the lowest level since restrictions were imposed.

Meanwhile in Brazil, the health system in the country's largest city São Paulo is close to collapse, according to the mayor. Brazil has the fourth largest number of cases in the world and there's concern that many in Brazil's cities have defied lockdown rules — including the country's President.

Fiona Bruce presents BBC News at Ten reports from Mark Lowen in Italy and Katy Watson in Brazil.
Apple and Google have launched a contact tracing system called Exposure Notification, which could allow their smartphone users and overwhelmed health officials to detect when a person has been exposed to the coronavirus.
Coronavirus apps were created all around the world.

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