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HEALTH OFFICIALS AND IT GROUPS USE BIG DATA TO TRACK SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS

March 24, 2020 / Tom McEnchroe
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The shocking information that 46 percent of Czechs returning from Italy had not respected the government imposed quarantine measures and gone out of their house, was released on Thursday by COVID19CZ, an initiative of experts in the IT sector. One of their members, Petr Bednařík from the company DataSentics, told news site Seznam Zprávy that the group was able to sift out from transaction data the amount of people that had used their card to pay in Italy and then the Czech Republic in the space of two weeks - the quarantine time limit imposed by the government.The group has come up with other interesting details on how Czechs have behaved during the virus pandemic.For example, they have created a website which lists the online and offline purchases Czechs have been making since mid-February.It shows that following the government closedown on all shops except for food stores and pharmacies, the amount of purchases in the latter two shot up dramatically. In the case of medi...