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200,000 Members of International Church Hold Virtual Prayer Service for Covid-19

After its initial outbreak with a cluster of pneumonia cases at a seafood, poultry and live wildlife market in Wuhan City, China, Covid-19 has spread rapidly across the globe. The virus has hammered economies worldwide and brought devastation to many.

On 16 September Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a church with thousands of members in various countries, held a global online prayer service to pray for the victims of the coronavirus and their families, healthcare workers, government officials and for the complete eradication of and cure for Covid-19.

The virtual prayer service was live-streamed to the entire congregation with more than 200,000 members in countries all over the world participating, including the USA, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Australia, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

In keeping with social distancing, health protocols and protecting its members from possible exposure to the coronavirus, Shincheonji arranged the virtual gathering for members to pray together in safety and set an example for others. Prayers were mainly for the healing of those infected with the virus, for overworked healthcare workers who are struggling to fight Covid-19, and for people in economic distress in the wake of the pandemic. The overwhelming online participation from its members worldwide showed the desire and urgency to end this virus and for healing and restoration in communities.

The Chairman of Shincheonji Church Mr Manhee Lee suggested this online virtual gathering and said that all believers will continue to pray at the church’s worship services until the complete eradication of the coronavirus. At least 1,700 of the church’s South Korean-based congregation have donated their blood plasma for research around an effective treatment. Convalescent plasma has also showed promise as therapy for Covid-19 and is believed to have reduced the severity of symptoms in critical patients.

“In order to defeat Covid-19, we need to embrace, love, and unite,” as global citizens, the church said. “We wanted to do all we can as believers by praying for the people working to prevent the spread of the virus and healthcare workers who are working at the frontlines of this battle against Covid-19 and we believe that God will answer our earnest prayers.”

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Fireworks competition takes off despite coronavirus threat

AN ANNUAL national fireworks event which faced the axe due to Covid restrictions has gone off with a bang.

More than 5,000 spectators witnessed the major competition – one of the largest outdoor entertainment gatherings since the coronavirus lockdown began – thanks to a line-marking robot who assisted with social distancing.

Firework Champions, which has run every summer for 16 years, brought together a trio of companies that each prepared a 10-minute musically choreographed showcase to compete at Belvoir Castle, near Grantham, on Saturday evening.

After an audience text vote, Explosive Fireworks were hailed champions.

The event had been thrown into chaos when the government announced the national lockdown at the end of March.
But organisers MLE Pyrotechnics were relieved to hear the news in July that large outdoor events could go ahead if they were Covid-19 secure.

Mat Lawrence, of MLE Pyrotechnics, said: “At the earliest opportunity we opened discussions with local councils for each of the four remaining events in the Firework Champions calendar. This was supported by expert help from our independent safety advisers.
“With our ticketing system we looked at purchases over the last six years, both day and pre-booked, and this enabled us to work out the average people per bubble and the spacing required.”

The organisers had to provide marked out boxes to achieve successful social distancing and this was done thanks to significant investment into a robotic line marker which allowed 60km of boundaries to be marked to 1cm accuracy.

Diagrams and maps were distributed and communication made with all ticket holders prior to the event, while touch-free hand sanitisers were also installed at the venue.

UKLoos provided toilets and event staff checked the queues for social distancing while first aid facilities were also on hand.
The drive-in site held 900 cars, located 620 metres from the fireworks, so the organisers provided the only Martin Audio Longbow PA system in the UK to allow the music to be thrown a long distance.

MLE Pyrotechnics is still basking in the positive feedback it has received from Saturday’s audience and is now offering its line-marking service out under the brand Event Marking.
The company has three more fireworks events planned this year:

Stanford Hall – Saturday 29 August
Eastnor Castle – Saturday 5 September
Ragley Hall – Saturday 12 September
Tickets can be purchased from www.fireworkchampions.co.uk

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500 Members of One Church Donate Blood Plasma for Coronavirus Research

 

500 members of Shincheonji Daegu Church, a branch church of South Korea-based Shincheonji Church of Jesus, are donating blood plasma in the hopes of assisting COVID-19 vaccine research.

From 13 July to 17 July 2020, these 500 Shincheonji members who have recovered from COVID-19 will donate their plasma at blood donations cars in front of Kyungpook National University Hospital. The cars were set up the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) in cooperation with the Red Cross.

Shincheonji Church of Jesus released the following letter regarding the plasma donations:

Greetings. This is Shincheonji Church of Jesus.

The Shincheonji Church of Jesus announced to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that it would donate plasma to complete the development of Corona 19 vaccines and treatments, and held full-scale consultations in early June. It took time to find a way to expedite the large-scale plasma donation, but the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention informed us on July 9 that three Korean Red Cross plasma collection buses could be supported for 500 people.

A total of 500 people will participate in the plasma donation through the Korean National Red Cross vehicles deployed at the front gate of Kyungpook National University Hospital for five days from July 13 to 17, 2020.

In addition, the believers of the Daegu Church decided not to receive a small amount of transportation money provided to plasma donors as the nation suffered a major crisis with Covid-19.

I sincerely pray that the blood plasma donation of the believers of the Daegu Church in Shincheonji will serve as an opportunity to take a step further toward the end of the Covid-19 in Korea and around the world.

Until now, there have only been about 170 blood plasma from individuals nationwide, and clinical trials will begin this week. The donated plasma from these 500 Shincheonji members will be used to make blood treatment medicine after the clinical trials. Representatives of the church have expressed hope that these donations will assist in finding a cure to help all people suffering from COVID-19 as soon as possible.

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CITF announces new award for IT teams who excelled during coronavirus lockdown


London, 01 June 2020 – A new award “ Best IT team during Covid19” was announced today which aims to celebrate the impressive contribution of IT teams to business continuity during the coronavirus lockdown. Launched by membership organisation CITF, submissions are invited from today until 30 June and the winner will be announced at CITF’s Real IT Awards which will be held online on 17 July.

Technology departments have been one of the unsung heroes of the UK’s coronavirus lockdown. In a matter of days after the 23rd March lockdown announcement, IT teams in organisations of all sizes and across industry swung into action and provided the technology and services which allowed their colleagues to keep being productive. Thousands of businesses have managed to transition to an entirely new way of working thanks to the efforts of technology teams.

Running since 2004, the Real IT Awards are the UK’s most prestigious independent technology awards, and every year they aim to celebrate outstanding technology projects, teams, and innovations. To acknowledge that IT teams have played an invaluable role in smoothing business response to the lockdown, CITF chose to create a new award category this year to recognise IT teams that have gone ‘above and beyond’ when it comes to helping their organisations keep working in unprecedented conditions.

IT departments and business leaders are invited to submit or nominate applications via the Real IT Awards website before the 30 June deadline. CITF’s panel of peers and senior technology and business leaders will then review submissions. Judges will be looking for impressive stories supported by solid metrics that show:

• What the team did that delighted customers (internal or external)
• How the team rose to these unprecedented times and delivered solutions that helped their company to continue working seamlessly
• How they fostered extraordinary teamwork to accomplish everything they did

The final winners will receive a Real IT Awards certificate and recognition from industry peers.

Joanna Poplawska, CEO of CITF explained why the new award was created: “The fantastic work that technology teams do often goes unrecognised, and this is especially so during the coronavirus lockdown. IT teams have pulled out the stops to keep their organisations working, and so we wanted to celebrate the impressive work that they have done”.

Poplawska noted that a wide variety of submissions will be considered: “We are open to submissions from any industry or sector and are interested to hear about all kinds of response to the lockdown. Our judges are looking for examples of responses that had a measurable impact and which tell a compelling story”. She added that “we’d love to hear about creative responses to the lockdown or examples of technology departments whose work was especially impactful”.

The Real IT Awards will be happening virtually this year and will be hosted on the Real IT Awards website from 13 – 17 July from 4 pm each day. In 2020 the award’s charity partner is the NSPCC.

To contact CITF:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7052 1894
Mobile +44 (0) 7872011386
Email: info@citf.tech

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U.S. passes Italy for Highest Percentage of Coronavirus out of largest 25 countries.


New models of COVID-19 case data indicate the U.S. has a sharp continual increase of cases overall compared to other countries with similar population density. Of the 25 countries studied, the U.S. leads each country, bringing the U.S. to the forefront of this pandemic since its first confirmed case in January.

While the U.S. accounts for only 4% of the world’s population, the country leads with 34% (1,244,199 as of May 7) of confirmed COVID-19 cases and a 28% (78,844 as of May 7) death rate. Case-by-case studies indicate that 0.37% of Americans have been infected by the virus, this is a .02% increase from Italy, the third highest country of confirmed COVID-19 cases globally.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. has also recorded higher weekly flu deaths than 2019. Experts and data suggest the flu season, beginning in December and lasting up to May, peaked in mid-March this year. Total deaths in 2020 by Week 16 was 7,540 compared to 5,991 deaths in 2019 Week 16.

The characteristics of COVID-19 and the seasonal flu are similar with the primary difference of the incubation period. The seasonal flu incubation period is three days, while COVID-19 incubation period is five to six days. Contagion risk is increasingly higher during these timeframes, as most are asymptomatic, making COVID-19 more contagious.

Community spread accounts for the primary attribute of the U.S. high confirmed case count. Hotspot areas including New York and California continue lockdown, contact tracing and social-distancing efforts to control spread. Knowing the symptoms assist in stopping disease spread and protect high-risk communities such as immunosuppressed and the elderly.

Facts are more important than ever and there is a lot of misinformation in the world. To help with this issue Dr. Jeremy Bennett, professor at The Citadel, and Carlos Crameri, entrepreneur and CEO of Curious Check, created Facts Not Opinions where the data is not tampered with to reach a predetermined conclusion and does not have a political agenda.

For more information on COVID-19, statistics, and analysis, visit: https://www.factsnotopinions.com. Contact Us to ask a question, provide feedback, or report a problem.

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Roey Hayon: “Real estate prices will rise in the UK- after Coronavirus lockdown”


The real estate market is mostly going on a rebound once this Coronavirus lockdown is relaxed. The prices in the housing market will surge so much due to the edging up of activity levels.

Roey Hayon says, “Before the government restrictions on movements that affected all business sectors including the real estate market, the prices of houses had grown at a very high rate since February 2017. Although this figure is from a different period, it points into a direction of optimism that the market will get better after the lockdown is eased.”

Just in April, there was a 3.7 per cent increase on an annual basis in house prices. That means the average increase in a UK home moves up from £219,583 in March to £222,915 in April. This data is calculated based on the mortgages submitted earlier in the year but approved in April.

The 3.7 per cent increase on an annual basis is an indication of significant growth during the lockdown as well as an indication that prices of houses in the UK real estate market were actually on a rebound from the uncertainties caused by Brexit before the pandemic struck.

The economic response after the coronavirus shock

As a result of the robust labour market conditions, stable political backdrop after the general election, and low borrowing costs, activities and market prices are beginning to edge up. Although the short-term economic response is still quite uncertain, the economic intervention from the government is setting the tone for a foreseeable rebound immediately after the pandemic.

“The government intervention has totalled nothing less than £330 billion. These interventions are properly set to buoy the economy at this drastic time. More so, this intervention would also help to reduce the impact of the pandemic on the real estate market than what could have been with such a huge economic shock.” Says, Roey Hayon.

Since most of the transactions that were ongoing before the lockdown started were instead put on hold than cancelled, there is a higher tendency they would be continued once the lockdown and restrictions on movement ease off as soon as possible. And this would put a limit on the impending economic damage.

Roey Hayon concludes, “The annual house prices will only enter a negative territory this year if only if there is a huge drop in demand. But with the current functionalities of things, we don’t anticipate a downward turn in house prices in the UK real estate market at any point in the immediate future.”

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Vital compliance checks for business owners coming out of Coronavirus lockdown


Businesses will soon be planning to reopen and get their employees back to work after the government announces the new workplace rules later this week.

These rules are likely to include social distancing, wearing of personal protective equipment, and the possibility of staggering work times.

One area of importance is how private and company vehicles are going to be used by employees and contractors. Many people have not driven their vehicles for several weeks, which highlights extended risks for both employees and Company Directors.

In Wuhan China, it has been reported there has been a 32% increase in the use of private cars from public transport, because personal vehicles were seen to be safer.

There are some vital checks which should be carried out by business owners and drivers as we prepare to come out of lockdown.

Vehicles have now been parked up in workplaces and outside people’s homes throughout lockdown and we should all take time to review our current procedures on vehicle and driver checks to stay within the law and make sure that employees are safely put back on the roads. This include vehicle checks for defects and roadworthiness and driver checks on health & wellbeing as well as licensing.

It’s important to remember this doesn’t just concern employees with company owned vehicles but also the Grey Fleet drivers who are the employees that use their own vehicles whilst on company business, an area which is still miss understood by many. In a recent’ Driving for Better Business’ survey, 60% of Senior Executives said they ‘didn’t know about the grey fleet’ or ‘how big it was’ in their business.

Health & Safety Laws require that all employers show the same ‘duty of care’ to employees driving their own private vehicles as they do for company-owned, leased or hired vehicles. Employers have a legal obligation to ensure all vehicles used for work purposes, irrespective of who owns them are safe and properly maintained and that drivers are licensed and insured.

Rebecca Hall Managing Director of HH Driveright commented, “We all have a duty of care to make sure that we put safety first for anyone driving any type of vehicle whilst on company time, including both employees and contractors. Having the correct processes in place for checking and reporting is very important. You wouldn’t put people at risk asking them to drive 5 or even 100 miles to see a customer without checking first that are fit to drive, their vehicle is in roadworthy condition without any defects and they have the correct licence and insurance in place. With the current lockdown being in place since March 23rd, its even more important to get on top of processes for people returning to the new normal.”

At Fleet Live in October 2019, we learned that only 38% of Directors regularly check their drivers have the correct insurance and 50% of all vehicles on UK roads are used for business purposes.

Think about your own organisation, have you got a way to keep track of the vehicles used by employees or contractors? You should keep as a minimum:
• Insurance details including business cover for those employees using their own vehicles for work related journeys other than just commuting
• Vehicle maintenance checks such as oil and brake fluid levels
• Roadworthiness including defects, windscreens, tyres etc
• Road tax validity

Checking drivers every day will reduce the risks of incidents taking place. Make sure that every driver is fit to drive and put in place a way to monitor individual driving behaviours, which can result in further education or wellbeing support. These checks should include:
• Licence validity
• Age and the drivers experience
• Health issues and alcohol or drug use
• Driver behaviours such as speeding, harsh braking and using a mobile phone

Keeping a track on your drivers and vehicles requires responsibility and accountability. Checks can be completed and recorded on manual systems such as using spreadsheets, but as your fleet and drivers increase it would make sense to look at a more efficient method which could be the introduction of a tech system such as the HH Driveright service.

HH Driveright is a comprehensive service, using the latest technology including a driver’s app to provide a total and secure solution for managing vehicle fleets and drivers. The system has a secure database which allows organisations to maintain, retrieve and analyse all vehicles, drivers and claims management data in one place. It also has a unique innovative security system allowing vehicles to be fully protected against theft and hijack, which offers both automatic and remote immobilisation. In addition, it monitors vehicles for safety issues, predictive maintenance services and reports both driving and vehicle insights. Another great feature is the ‘Online School of Excellence’ a platform to deliver driver training & continuous development.

HH Driveright is excellent value for money starting at just £5.50 per vehicle per month. More information can be found at https://www.hhdriveright.com where you can also request an online demonstration.

In summary, please do not forget your drivers and vehicles when you are coming out of lockdown, including the grey fleet, employees who use their own vehicles on company business. Make sure that the necessary checks are carried out to keep everyone safe.

About HH Driveright

HH Driveright offers a comprehensive service, using the latest technology to provide a total and secure solution for managing your vehicle fleet and drivers, including those that use their own vehicles for business purposes (grey fleet).

Our versatile App, security system and dynamic database will give you complete control of your vehicles and drivers in real-time, reducing vehicle thefts, improving driving behaviours, streamlining your daily compliance procedures and eliminating that time-consuming paperwork. Our secure database allows you to maintain, retrieve and analyse all your data in one place.

Our ‘Online School of Excellence’ creates a pathway for driver training & continuous development and Driveright Consult provides you with a one stop shop for all audit and compliance requirements.

Contacts
Rebecca Hall, Managing Director
Email: rebeccah@hhdriveright.com
Telephone: 01937 830 144
Website: https://www.hhdriveright.com/
Address: HH Driveright, 5 Fusion Court, Garforth, Leeds, LS25 2GH

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Eitan Eldar: Online Tools Help Keep UK Real Estate Market Afloat During Coronavirus Pandemic


The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the whole world is massive, with a sharp down-trend in stocks and real estates in the UK. Since the pandemic became wide-spread across the globe, it has become increasingly difficult to do business as usual for everyone, even for real estate agents, as they develop new ways of viewings and valuations. The country-wide lockdown has taken its toll on the real estate market.

As it becomes increasingly difficult to carry out business as usual, Eitan Eldar says, “The quarantine and restrictions on movement set by the government to stop the spread of the coronavirus prevented potential buyers from inspecting properties and meeting with agents. We all know this isn’t good for the real estate business, but it’s the best approach to contain the spread of the virus.”

Online tools for viewings and valuations by real estate agents

With new sales becoming virtually challenging to close, the UK real estate agents are moving online in their droves for viewings and valuations. Sellers that were already on the ground on the market have their available stock reduced just by 2.6%. However, as the government restrictions on movement and physical business transactions came to being, different initiatives have been exploited by real estate agents to reach both potential buyers and sellers.

“Showing properties online has helped to keep the real estate market afloat for all during this coronavirus outbreak. However, sales are still down,” said Eitan Eldar. “This method allowed the real estate market to stay somewhat active, compared to other fields to shut down completely. With this novel initiative, investors can still go about to check out properties of their choice and close deals even as the pandemic ravages the world”.

The focus of the real estate agents is now on video viewings of properties, allowing buyers to inspect properties they are interested in ahead of the time when the restrictions will be lifted on movements. Real estate markets have started to recover from the fall it experienced at the beginning of the lockdown.

The overall result of the pandemic on real estate

Like every other sector of the economy, the real estate industry has had its fair share of the pandemic. And the impact might still be felt even when restrictions of movements have been loosened.

Eitan Eldar says, “In the real estate market, commercial real estate continues to experience the most of the impact of the pandemic. We don’t expect a fall in the private home market, at least, not in the long run”.

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The PR lessons from how the US is waging a PR war on Coronavirus


Hong Kong, March 31st 2020 – These are challenging times for media
handlers in the PR battle on COVID-19.

So, now more than ever, PR and media relations matters the world over.
As the epidemic has worsened, a growing number of Americans have come to view the Trump administration’s previous “blind optimism” as little more than a downward perfunctory “governing formula”.

In recent days, a number of media in the United States have reviewed Donald Trump’s relevant statements, and some media sarcastically said during the crisis that, “the more the President denies something, the more people should worry about something”.

Global Times reporters found that most of Trump’s tweets over the past two months were related to the presidential election, and it was only last week that the outbreak became a major part of his tweets. “He should have taken action, but he didn’t,” the New York times reported on 16th.

Since late January, the United States has lost three important opportunities to take control of the situation. Meanwhile, a number of US media and several infectious disease experts have begun to issue epidemic warnings, pay close attention to the situation of the epidemic, and call for early prevention of the spread of the virus.

At the time, however, Mr Trump did not take it seriously. “I can speak for the United States when I say we have a situation under control”, Trump said in public remarks on several consecutive days from February 25 to 28. “There is nothing to panic about”, he added.

“The coronavirus will miraculously disappear. The coronavirus is a new democratic scam. No matter what happens, we are ready; we have the greatest doctors in the world”.

On March 5, Trump also said: “You can’t be a politician without shaking hands”. With about 600 confirmed cases and about 26 deaths in the United States until March 10, Trump finally backtracked, saying “we need to be vigilant and careful” but stressing that “we are doing a good job in fighting the epidemic. Don’t panic”. This ”optimistic” attitude has been maintained until recently, Trump changed his tune step by step, and finally admitted that the epidemic was “very bad”.

On the March 13, Trump declared a state of emergency in the United States. “If you are ill, stay at home. We must put politics aside and stop partisan strife”, he declared. When asked about his performance during the outbreak on Tuesday, Trump quickly replied: “I give 10 points”.

Making “empty promises” based on “personal intuition” according to the San Jose Mercury News, Trump and his advisers have misled the public at least 28 times in the past two months. “Anyone who wants to take stock of how much false information the US has disseminated during the emergency need only look at Mr Trump’s tweets and press conferences”, quipped CNN.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Trump judged the trend of the epidemic mainly on the basis of “personal intuition” and “civil science” theory, which can be regarded as a “wonder” in the international anti epidemic cause. Trump, for example, believed that “when spring comes, viruses go away”, and repeatedly claimed that the new coronavirus will “miraculously” disappear when the weather turns warm in April.

In a telephone interview on March 4, Trump was headstrong: he thought the mortality rate predicted by the World Health Organisaiton (WHO) and related experts was too high, so he intuitively asserted that the mortality rate of the coronavirus would never reach 1%; moreover, he also blindly predicted that the confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States would soon be “close to zero”.

According to the reports, anti-common sense is another characteristic of Trump’s fighting of coronavirus: he called the coronavirus pneumonia “corona flu” by mistake, and then claimed that flu has a greater death rate than the coronavirus. He also said that the death rate of Ebola could reach 100%. To transfer the contradiction, Trump also blamed the spreading of coronavirus to immigrants who came to America to avoid danger.

According to VOX, Trump made a lot of unfulfilled promises to his people. In late February and early March, he claimed twice that a vaccine will be ready “relatively soon”, although scientists had repeatedly told him that as the R&D process would be long and complicated, they won’t have a vaccine until a year and a half later. What is more, Trump promised publicly that American insurance companies would cover all the treatment fees of coronavirus, but in fact companies only promised to cover those of coronavirus tests.

Trump lack balanced source on Twitter. According to PolitiCo, the reason why Trump could not take a good control on America’s outbreak was highly linked with limited sources of information. He altogether followed 47 accounts on Twitter. Beside his families, friends, and subordinates, he also followed some conservatives and people related to Fox News, which is his faithful ally in the media.

During the outbreak, these accounts could only provide him a highly restricted range of information, which fall into several types: “China’s fault”, “Biden’s fault”, and “media’s fault”. In a word, the president’s no fault.

Although being criticized, Trump gained praise from quite a lot celebrities for his performances in addressing the outbreak. Greg Gutfield , a host of Fox News, Trump’s optimism was not blind. As the cheerleader of the nation, Trump wished to alleviate the market panic, and he was born cheerful.

Historian Doug Wead praised Trump:”What he’s doing right now, from the standpoint of history, is almost perfect. It looks like he was born for this moment”. Joe Scarborough, who repeatedly criticized Trump, praised him for his gradually serious attitude: “He actually did what a president is supposed to do. I’m hopeful that yesterday’s [declaration of an emergency] was a new beginning”.

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Smart Africa Launches Africa Wide Coordinated Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic


Smart Africa, a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and Government to accelerate sustainable socioeconomic development , has launched a continent-wide technology based coordinated impact response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for Africa.

Kigali,Rwanda., March 27, 2020 – Smart Africa has launched a continent-wide technology based coordinated impact response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for Africa. This response is aimed at bringing together the 30 member states under the Smart Africa Alliance and the 40 private sector members of the Alliance to coordinate efforts to stem the pandemic in Africa.

In order to tackle this unprecedented crisis, by its magnitude and its impact on society, the Smart Africa Secretariat seeks to support digital health services projects that aim at improving and accelerating the African governments response to the challenges of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The projects under the initiative are aimed at assisting African countries to:

  • Assess individual risk and guide decision making;
  • Assist African populations in finding nearby testing sites;
  • Provide reliable updates and alerts from public health authorities;
  • Report on community status;
  • Track and report transmissions.

Moreover, to ensure that the efforts are relevant to the African context, critical technological parameters are considered as below:

  • A solution available via web, application (iOS, Android, Windows), USSD, and other messaging platforms;
  • Data collection from diverse points such as individual smartphones or terminals at public facilities (e.g. testing terminals at border controls, testing terminals by medical authorities, etc.);
  • A reporting dashboard accessible to the admin with relevant data – specific rights depending on the status of the admin (e.g. public authorities, medical authorities) will be established;
  • Anonymized data (no personal information including name, ID, address recorded on the system) generated by use of the solution can be published in real-time through a database accessible with an API and map interface on a public website for public health authorities to monitor;
  • Reliably informative content available in local languages in various formats (written – vocal with Interactive Voice Recognition technology) – e.g. prevention practices, isolation practices, closest health facilities, additional one-on-on support, etc.;
  • Assessment and guidance compliance to the World Health Organization (“WHO”), national and local public health guidelines and include exposures, symptoms of illness, and underlying health status.

There are numerous international interventions to the coronavirus pandemic but so far very few that are relevant to the immediate African context. We are bringing a credible and coordinated technology based African response which must go beyond our 30 member countries to the entirety of the African continent. The aim is to save lives and we must all do our part,” said Mr. Lacina Koné, Director General of Smart Africa.

The response will be initiated through a call for proposals which will involve numerous stakeholders across Africa. Once initiated the response by governments to the pandemic is expected to be coordinated, efficient and to save lives.

About Smart Africa

SMART Africa is a bold and innovative commitment from African Heads of State and Government to accelerate sustainable socioeconomic development on the continent, ushering Africa into a knowledge economy through affordable access to Broadband and usage of Information and Communications Technologies.

The Transform Africa Summit held in Kigali, Rwanda on 28th-31st October 2013 culminated in the adoption of the Smart Africa Manifesto document by seven (7) African Heads of States (Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Mali, Gabon, Burkina Faso) in which they committed to provide leadership in accelerating socio-economic development through ICT’s.

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