UzA English

25.03.2020

Reasons for confiscation of certain items from persons under quarantine

Those arriving from abroad are quarantined, and some are diagnosed with a coronavirus infection. All measures are being taken to prevent the mass spread of the infection.

Exchanging various items between quarantined persons has been stopped. Mobile phones, audio and video recordings, and credit cards are temporarily confiscated from them.

Deputy Minister of Justice Khudoyor Meliyev notes:

"Application of all necessary measures against global coronavirus pandemic, use of best practices of countries that have achieved some success in preventing it, form the basis of the developed national strategy against the virus.

There are three reasons for confiscation of items from persons under quarantine.

Firstly, according to virologists, these items have the property of preserving infection and spreading it. On the surface of paper and plastic, the infection lasts up to five days.

Secondly, the Regulation approved recently by a government resolution states that temporarily confiscated items can be used to identify persons with whom a person contacted and places that they visited during the incubation period.

If to look at the world experience, we can see how this method is used in Russia, Singapore, Israel and other countries. In Russia, the mobile GPS function is used to analyze places visited by a person, and the data obtained is used to form a circle of potential contacts with them.

It should be noted that in some cases, people in quarantine hide or forget information about those who contacted them. A striking example of this is the case of a citizen of Uzbekistan, who was the first to be diagnosed with virus.

Thirdly, this restriction also prevents the dissemination of personal data of individuals.

Temporarily confiscated items will be returned to their owners when they leave medical facility".

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Norgul Abduraimova, UzA