For the state, there is one primary imperative—to remain in power at all cost. If this imperative is to be successful, the state must impose, by stealth or deception, a system capable of monitoring all individuals who may pose an immediate or future threat to its dominance.
The COVID-19 “crisis,” produced either deliberately or by an act of nature, provides the state with a nearly airtight pretext for the imposition of further surveillance of the public, in particular political adversaries.
Coronavirus: State surveillance 'a price worth paying
A major increase in state surveillance is a "price worth paying" to beat Covid-19, a UK think tank says.
Governments around the world are proposing contact tracing as a way of limiting the spread of coronavirus after lockdown.
Contact tracing can be done from memory, but smartphones apps that can automate the process have also been developed.
A Price Worth Paying: Tech, Privacy and the Fight Against Covid-19
Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing
Global surveillance for COVID-19 caused by human infection with COVID-19 virus: interim guidance,
20 March 2020