Contact tracing

Platform Industry: ongoing COVID-19 coverage, tracking and tracing

New contact tracing apps stir hope for virus fighters in US states

A fresh wave of mobile apps which help monitor exposure into the coronavirus is coming to US states ahead of the vacations as public health officials bet that recently introduced f...

HealthTech

HealthTech pins hope on Africa’s COVID-19 shift to online care

When Loveth Metiboba’s infant had diarrhoea, she worried that taking him to a clinic near her home in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, might expose them both to the coronaviru...

Italian contact tracing smartphone app

Tracing apps may stem COVID-19 spread even if only a few use them

Contact tracing apps can radically reduce the spread of this novel coronavirus even if only a few men and women use them, a study published by investigators at Google and Oxford Un...

Platform News: Coronavirus smartphone app in the European Union EU

A guide to Europe’s coronavirus contact tracing apps

More than 20 countries across Europe have launched or plan to launch apps that seek to break the chain of coronavirus infection by tracking encounters between people and issuing a ...

Italian contact tracing smartphone app

Google says 20 US states ‘exploring’ contact tracing

Google has said that 20 US states and territories, representing about 45 percent of the nation’s inhabitants, are”exploring” contact tracing programs for its nove...

Platform Industry News: Ride-sharing driver

Uber offers contact tracing help in the US

Uber has quietly launched a service to give public health officials quick access to data on drivers and riders presumed to have come into contact with someone infected with coronav...

coronavirus tracing uk

Britain’s COVID-19 app: The game changer that wasn’t

As Britain’s COVID-19 infections soared in the spring, the government reached for what it hoped could be a game changer – a smartphone app that could automate some of the wor...

Platform News: COVID-19 and coronavirus

Shopify and BlackBerry develop COVID-19 contact tracing app with local governments

Canadian tech businesses Shopify and Blackberry have been working with provincial and federal governments on a coronavirus contact tracing app expected to launch in July, Prime Min...

Platform Industry: Apple and Google Alliance COVID-19 apps

UK ditches homegrown COVID-19 tracing app to use Google-Apple model

The UK government will switch to the Apple and Google model for its COVID-19 test-and-trace app, ditching an attempt to develop an app by itself after the homegrown system did not ...

Platform Industry: Apple and Google Alliance COVID-19 apps

Contact tracing: Japan aims to launch its coronavirus app next week

Japan aims to launch a contact tracing smartphone app based on technology from Apple and Google next week to help curb the spread of coronavirus by tracking close contact with thos...

Spain

Data puzzle as Spanish government tweaks coronavirus tracking system

Spain’s Health Ministry has defended changes to its methodology for recording coronavirus data that have led to wild fluctuations in daily statistics and provoked sharp criti...

Platform Industry: Apple and Google Alliance COVID-19 apps

Latvia to launch Google-Apple friendly coronavirus contact tracing app

The small Baltic nation of Latvia aims to become one of the first countries to launch a smartphone app using a new toolkit created by US technology giants Apple and Google to help ...

Platform Industry: Apple and Google Alliance COVID-19 apps

Apple-Google contact tracing app draws interest in 23 countries, some hedge bets

Authorities in 23 countries across five continents have sought access to contact tracing technology from Apple and Google, the companies announced as they released the initial vers...

New Zealand PM

New Zealand to roll out ‘digital diary’ app to help people track movements

New Zealand will launch a contact-tracing app on Wednesday to help people track their movements as the country eases one of the world’s most rigid lockdowns designed to slow ...