EE NHS Offer
EE is continuing to offer unlimited data to NHS workers until 31st January 2021, as local lockdowns increase and Covid-19 pressures remain. The offer, originally due to end on 9th October 2020, has now been extended for EE customers into the New Year.
NHS Covid-19 App
After months of delays, the NHS has finally launched its official contact tracing app in England and Wales. The NHS Covid-19 app will ask users who have been near someone with a positive coronavirus test result to self-isolate for fourteen days.
Protect Scotland App
Smartphone users across Scotland are being urged to download NHS Scotland’s new contact tracing app - Protect Scotland - to help suppress the spread of COVID-19. Supported by a dedicated Protect Scotland website, the app is an extra tool complementing existing person-to-person contact tracing.
Google and Apple have updated their COVID-19 contact-tracing tool to make it possible to notify users of potential exposures to the novel coronavirus without a dedicated exposure app. Previously, users had to download a dedicated app from their local public health organisation in order for it to work, but now, both companies are integrating the technology more directly into their operating systems.
Canada has launched a nation-wide exposure notification app to help inform Canadians when they may have been exposed to COVID-19, part of a broader effort to contain the virus as businesses and public spaces reopen across the country.
Contact Tracing Apps
While several countries in Europe have already released contact tracing apps using Apple-Google technology, Canada has announced that it has developed a new national contract tracing app that will also use the Apple-Google Exposure Notification API.
Heat Detection Camera
Premiership rugby club Wasps has installed the Vodafone Heat Detection Camera at its Broadstreet training facility as part of the club’s efforts to help safeguard players, staff and visitors, and to provide reassurance as they return to training during the coronavirus pandemic.
Huawei has launched its own API to track the COVID-19 virus. While Apple and Google cover the majority of phones in the world, there are still users whose mobiles do not have access to the services of Google or Apple. This is why Huawei has been working on its own API, HMS Core Contact Shield.
Apple has released iOS 13.5, which includes improved Face ID recognition of protective masks and support for the Exposure Notification API that it co-created with Google to support public health authorities in their contact-tracing efforts to combat COVID-19.
As the global impact of the Covid-19 outbreak becomes more widespread, the vast majority of companies are providing updates on what steps they are taking to support staff, partners and customers through this unprecedented period and beyond.
Apple is closing all stores outside Greater China until March 27 to reduce the risk of coronavirus. Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company had learnt lessons from the outbreak in China and that is why it is taking these steps.
Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus Ericsson has taken the decision to withdraw from Mobile World Congress 2020 (MWC2020) as the company says that the health and safety of employees and customers cannot be ensured.