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Published 13.06.2020 12:21
In Zambia scientists are using new technology to track Covid-19.
Scientists from PATH are using on-site genetic sequencing with nanopore technology which can allow them to read complex strings of RNA or DNA without a complex laboratory setting to track Covid-19. Through this technology, they are able to track Covid-19 and mutations that may occur as the virus replicates. The…
Published 13.06.2020 11:20
In the UK, more than 31,000 close contacts of people with coronavirus were identified during the first week of the test and trace system.
Nearly 27,000 contacted within 24 hours and asked to self-isolate. The success of the programme is critical to the country’s ability to combat the spread of Covid-19 and prevent a second spike as the nation moves gradually out of lockdown. UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said people had a “civic…
Published 25.05.2020 13:03
In the US, Surgo Foundation launched a website that shows how where Covid-19 is spreading fastest and who is most vulnerable.
The foundation is using behavioural science, data science, and artificial intelligence to uncover new insights that policymakers, government officials, and the general public can incorporate into their response, from the national right down to the local level. The website offers both analyses of data and links to datasets, as well…
Published 27.04.2020 13:08
In North Macedonia, the government launched the StopKorona! app.
The app the spread of the virus. It became the first country in the Western Balkans to use contact-tracing technology. It has been developed by a local software company called Nextsense and it uses bluetooth to warn people when they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive.
Published 27.04.2020 12:43
In Africa, WHO is holding an online hackathon series offering up to $20,000 to finalists with digital solutions to help fight Covid-19.
For the first virtual challenge, WHO selected participants via an online application process and divided them into eight teams over Zoom. The team that won came up with a mobile platform that incorporates screening at the community level, mass testing and validation.
Published 27.04.2020 12:18
130 research organisations from eight European countries are working on different proposals for contact tracing.
It is called a Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing, and it is a larger software system that provides technology that governments can use to build national coronavirus contact-tracing apps. This, however, raises questions about privacy and GDRP in Europe.
Published 27.04.2020 11:30
Pan-European Hackathon connects innovators, civil society and investors across Europe.
It is launched by the European Commission and EU member states. Its target is to develop innovative solutions to coronavirus. The hackathon will take place on 24, 25 and 26 April. It is structured in several categories of problems regarding health and life, business continuity, remote working and education, social…
Published 27.04.2020 06:57
Portuguese technological startups launched tech4COVID19.
More than 600 entrepreneurs from about 120 startups launched this movement to develop technological solutions to overcome the challenges during the pandemic. The startups are companies such as Tonic App, an engine that helps doctors to diagnose and treat their patients, as a “Google for Doctors” or initiatives such as…
Published 26.04.2020 22:03
In Ghana, several apps help combat the pandemic.
One app was designed by a Ghanian software engineering company, Cognate Systems. It is community-driven, and tracks Covid-19 symptoms and provides data and visual insights in real-time. Another one, the Gh Covid-19 Tracker, was launched by the Ministries of Communication and Health, and it helps health authorities identify high risk…

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