Stayaway Covid currently has 1.5 million users, according to the latest survey carried out by the Institute of Systems and Computers Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC TEC), to entities that created and developed it. About a month has passed since the application hit the market and this Wednesday the Prime Minister, António Costa, announced that the Government intends to make it mandatory in a number of circumstances: work, school, academic, in the armed forces and security and public administration.
The announcement was made at the conference that followed the meeting of the Council of Ministers today, in which the Government decided that the country will enter a state of calamity starting tomorrow and following the increase in the number of cases of Covid diagnosed.
The announcement caught INESC TEC’s managers off guard, who had not been previously consulted, according to Rui Oliveira, coordinator of the app’s project. “We were surprised, but it is a political decision that is not up to us”, says the head of Business.
It remains to be seen how this Government’s intention will be realized, and it is certain that António Costa had already appealed to the Portuguese for several times to install the application, arguing that this is really “a civic duty”.
The measure is included in the same package that provides for the mandatory mask on the public road and António Costa explained that the Government will send to the Assembly of the Republic a law proposal in this sense. The proposal will be urgent and will continue today or tomorrow, guaranteed the prime minister.