Stop COVID-19! app (Photo: Josip Regovic/PIXSELL) Stop COVID-19! app (Photo: Josip Regovic/PIXSELL)

Health Minister Vili Beroš and the CEO of the APIS IT Support Company, Saša Bilić, presented the mobile app "Stop COVID-19!" at the Health Ministry on Monday. The app is designed to help health sector workers detect new virus hotspots in the future.

However, there are concerns that the app could be used for nefarious purposes, such as tracking the movements of citizens. Minister Beroš tried to allay those fears, noting that its goals is purely the safety of Croatian citizens: "This mobile application isn't meant to be a tracking device, it is exclusively a geo-locator to identify contacts as part of people's daily activities."

For his part Bilić noted that safety measures to prevent abuse have been put in place: "In order to avoid abuse of this kind of information it is necessary to type a special code into the mobile phone. The code will be provided by your doctor or epidemiologist if you become infected."

Source: HRT