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Published 28.06.2020 10:13
Brazilian researches have deveoped a material that eliminates Covid-19.
The fabric consists of polyester, cotton, and two types of silver microparticles. In laboratory tests, the material managed to eliminate 99.9% of the virus after two minutes of contact. Manufacturers have already applied for a product patent and are in contact with two Brazilian weavers to use the fabric in…
Lockdown, ,
Published 27.06.2020 19:02
In Namibia the Ministry of Education has reduced the pass mark for promotion to the next grade.
The Ministry announced that the pass mark for promotion to the next grade has been lowered from 40% to 35% for students from Grades 1-9. This decision was taken to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on learners during this academic year. The relaxation of the pass mark is…
Health,
Published 27.06.2020 14:05
Indonesia’s start-ups join forces to boost local production of test kits.
Jakarta-based genomics technology start-up Nusantics is one of which to design test kit prototypes for government use. State-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma has produced and distributed 100,000 test kits its prototypes.
Health,
Published 27.06.2020 13:18
In Brazil, a public science and technology organization creates a data repository to help Covid-19 research.
FAPESP, an institution in São Paulo that is one of the main agencies for the promotion of scientific and technological research in the country, launched Data Sharing BR with demographic data and clinical and laboratory exams of patients tested for Covid-19 in the state of São Paulo. The data is…
Inclusion,
Published 26.06.2020 18:57
In Chile, students without classes because of the pandemic receive a food basket.
The National Board of School Aid and Scholarships has already delivered 6 million food baskets lunch. Help will continue as long as classes are suspended.
Lockdown,
Published 26.06.2020 18:30
In Paraguay, the Ministry of Women has launched a campaign to raise awareness on violence against women during the pandemic.
The campaign “Metete, podemos evitar más feminicidios” includes a guideline to help women, victims of violence, as cases increased during the quarantine.
Health, ,
Published 26.06.2020 18:28
In South Africa a train is providing mobile Covid-19 screening.
The “Train of Hope,” a state-funded mobile health facility has been repurposed to provide Covid-19 screening in virus hotspots across the country. Health care workers and volunteers are now using the train to reach remote areas of the country and provide much-needed screening and testing services.
Health,
Published 26.06.2020 14:20
In Argentina, researchers from the National Institute of Industrial Technology are developing fabrics that can be useful to make clothes for health staff.
One of the fabrics is based on chitosan, a biopolymer present in seafood. The second option is made up of nanoparticles of metals such as silver and copper. Both fabrics can inhibit the development of the virus.
Inclusion, ,
Published 25.06.2020 14:42
In Angola the FAO is using farmer field schools to educate rural farmers on Covid-19.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the Ministry of Agriculture in Angola have partnered to educate farmers in remote villages in Angola about the Covid-19 pandemic. Through farmer field schools they are teaching farmers how to protect themselves from the virus and they are also…
Health,
Published 25.06.2020 10:38
In Brazil, University of São Paulo (USP) is testing the quality of masks.
Called “Respire! Máscaras Seguras”, the project analyzes the quality of the different fabrics used for the production of masks and provides tutorials for the manufacture of safe equipment.

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