Technology UK developing coronavirus-tracking app to ease lockdown restrictions
Bergen County Jail goes on lockdown after detainee tests positive for coronavirus
A federal immigration detainee at the Bergen County Jail has tested positive, prompting a full lockdown of the Hackensack facility, the sheriff's office said.The test, a presumptive positive returned Monday night, has not been confirmed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Derek Sands, spokesman for Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton. But it has prompted officials to quarantine the detainee and place the jail in a full lockdown.
The UK is reportedly mulling the introduction of a contact-tracking app that'll alert people if they've been near someone with and should therefore self-isolate.
A Sky , people will have to opt in to use the app, though the NHS hopes at least 50% of the population will choose to do so.on Tuesday described how NHSX, the innovation arm of the UK's National Health Service, has teamed with US company Pivotal to develop the app, which could be released when the British government eases the current lockdown restrictions. According to
Europe's privacy officials are working on geolocation guidelines for tracking COVID-19
Several data protection commissioners across the European Union have already loosened restrictions for collecting information during the pandemic.Governments around the world are relying on phone location data to help track the coronavirus outbreak, without any formal restrictions or mandates on how that data can be used or how long it will last for. Countries like Singapore, the United Kingdom and Israel have all developed their own apps for tracking people's movements and how COVID-19 spreads -- and the only privacy protection based on trusting the government's promises.
"NHSX is looking at whether app-based solutions might be helpful in tracking and managing coronavirus, and we have assembled expertise from inside and outside the organization to do this as rapidly as possible," said an NHSX spokesman.
Once downloaded onto someone's phone, the app would work by using Bluetooth signals to keep an anonymized record of all the other devices it comes into contact with. If people with the app later test positive for coronavirus, they could allow all the folks they've been near to be informed, so those people could self-isolate.
The hope is that if people use the app and inform others when they need to quarantine themselves, the stringent lockdown measures that've now been would no longer be necessary.
Coronavirus: Portugal is considering restrictions on beaches this summer
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Tracking who could've been exposed is known as "contact tracing," and that's a common approach to preventing the spread of disease. It was previously used, for example, to manage ebola outbreaks. Still, bringing any kind of tracking technology into the equation can pose privacy concerns. The NHS is seeking to address such worries by relying on Bluetooth rather than GPS, installing an ethics board to oversee the app and not regularly uploading the contacts to a central database.
Singapore is currently using a similar app, called TraceTogether, and Ireland isits own version of the app in coming days.
South Africa to ease virus lockdown restrictions
President Cyril Ramaphosa announces plan to reopen the economy but warns of new infections.But President Cyril Ramaphosa warned that most people should remain at home, public gatherings remain banned, and the country's borders will stay closed.
Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes New Zealand near capital city .
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck near New Zealand's capital Wellington on Monday, government seismic monitor Geonet said. © 2020 Getty Images WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17: View from Pukeahu National War Memorial Park along Taranaki Street on May 17, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand. Restrictions have started to ease across New Zealand as the country moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 2 from Thursday 14 May. Alert Level 2 is being introduced in three stages with restaurants, cinemas, retail, playgrounds and gyms able to reopen with physical distancing and strict hygiene measures in place from 14 May.