April 2020

A man wearing gloves as a protective measure, holds a smartphone in Madrid on March 19, 2020. - Spain today announced that deaths from the novel coronavirus had jumped by nearly 30 percent over the past 24 hours to 767. The number of people who have contracted the disease has meanwhile grown by around 25 percent to 17,147, according to health ministry figures, bringing Spain's tally near that of Iran, the world's third most affected country after China and Italy. (Photo by Gabriel BOUYS / AFP)
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EU looks to apps as way of easing virus lockdown

As the EU's economy reels from virus lockdowns, Brussels has unveiled a proposed roadmap to ease restrictions, relying in large part on smartphone tracking apps
A patient infected with the novel coronavirus COVID-19 receives treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of the Hospital de Clinicas, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on April 15, 2020. - With Brazilians increasingly ignoring health officials' warnings to stay home -- encouraged by their far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, who has condemned the "hysteria" over the virus -- predictions for how the pandemic will play out in the hardest-hit country in Latin America are getting dire. (Photo by Silvio AVILA / AFP)
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Struggle, fear and heartbreak for medical staff on virus frontline

Doctors, nurses and healthcare workers describe what it's like to be on the frontline fighting the coronavirus pandemic
Workers furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic in Sweden are retrained to work in hospitals and care homes, in Stockholm on April 8, 2020. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP
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Furloughed staff in Sweden retrain to help hospitals

Furloughed because of the pandemic, airline and hotel employees in Sweden are retraining to work as hospital and nursing home assistants as the country's death toll exceeds 1,200
The contact-tracing Government Technology Agency (GovTech) staff demonstrate Singapore's new contact-tracing smarthphone app called TraceTogether, as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Singapore on March 20, 2020. - The mobile app using Bluetooth technology developed by GovTech in collaboration with the Ministry of Health informs user who had close contacts to confirmed coronavirus cases was launched in Singapore on 20. (Photo by Catherine LAI / AFP)
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Virus ‘tracing’ by smartphone: a key to reopening society?

Can an app halt the spread of the pandemic? Interest is growing in smartphone technology as a potential key to ending lockdowns around the world.
Medical staff work past a patient at a level intensive care unit for patients contaminated with coronavirus COVID-19 of Louis Pasteur Hospital in Colmar, eastern France on March 26, 2020, after a strict lockdown came into effect to stop the spread of the COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP)
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Coronavirus intensive care — what is involved?

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the work of intensive care units where the most severe cases of COVID-19 receive help to breathe