# public health

People wearing face masks walk down a shopping street in the Las Delicias neighbourhood of Zaragoza, northeast Spain, on August 10, 2020. Photo: Cesar Manso / AFP
People wearing face masks walk down a sh […]

Political ‘power games’ and decentralisation fuel Spain’s virus spread

The first EU nation to pass half a million coronavirus cases, Spain's switching of its pandemic management to its regions has politicised public health and hobbled its Covid-19 fight, experts say
This picture taken on May 28, 2020, shows a figurin on a mobile phone diplaying a screenshot of the tracking application StopCovid developed by French government in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Paris. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)
This picture taken on May 28, 2020, show […]

Virus apps expose tension between privacy and need for data

As more governments turn to tracing apps in the fight against the coronavirus, tension between the need for public health information and privacy rights has been thrust into the spotlight
Callers attempt to establish who the patients spent time with — and may have infected — during the two days before their symptoms emerged. Photo: Aris Oikonomou / AFP
Callers attempt to establish who the pat […]

Belgium’s new profession, the Virus Tracker

With Belgian leaders still debating how to set-up and deploy a coronavirus tracing smartphone app, authorities have set up old-fashioned call centres to interview the infected