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These elite contact tracers show the world how to beat Covid-19

The work of Immediate Response Teams offers a look at how South Korea has succeeded in largely quelling its spread without the lockdowns that have derailed lives worldwide.
A health worker with Covid-19 samples (representational image) | Photo: ANI

Capacity is not what’s hindering India’s testing rate, government price caps are

The best policy now is for India’s health ministry to completely deregulate Covid-19 testing, if it wants to focus on contact tracing and isolating.
People waiting to enter a supermarket have their identity documents checked by staff before they can enter the premises, as a protective measure against the spread of COVID-19, in Singapore (Representational image) | Photo: Roslan Rahman | Getty Images/AFP via Bloomberg

Singapore to issue portable Covid contact tracing devices in June

Addressing privacy concerns, Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan assured citizens that the devices would not be used for location tracking.
A medical worker takes a swab sample from a man to test for coronavirus in Wuhan, May 19. | Photographer: Hector Retamal | Bloomberg AFP via Getty Images

Coronavirus isn’t getting weaker, it’s just that we’re fighting it better

Coronavirus may appear weaker in some parts of the world as expanded testing & surveillance are catching people earlier in the course of their illness.
Scott Morrison, Australia's Prime Minister, speaks during the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, U.S. | Photographer: Jeenah Moon | Bloomberg

Australia is having hard time convincing citizens to download its Covid tracing app

Australia's COVIDSafe app is facing flak for technical bugs, privacy concerns, shifting messages from government officials and an overall skeptical public.

Travel will come back after Covid. It will become ‘touchless’

To make travel safer after Covid crisis, companies will use digital tools for identification instead of physical fingerprints and hand scanners.

Where to worry about catching Covid-19, and where not to

Dining together and taking public transport might risk spreading the disease, but going to a market briefly or a transient encounter while you walk, those are low risks.
The Aarogya Setu is a healthcare app launched by the Narendra Modi govt.

Aarogya Setu scores 2 out of 5 points in MIT review for Covid tracing apps

The Aarogya Setu scored points for gathering useful data, but lost out on parametres of transparency and voluntary download.
The Aarogya Setu is a healthcare app launched by the Narendra Modi govt.

I downloaded Aarogya Setu app — the twist in season finale of Black Mirror lockdown

Israel, Singapore, Italy and others have left the choice of using the contract tracing app for Covid upon users. But Modi govt is creating an Aadhaar-like moment.
Apple

How the world is embracing contact-tracing technology to fight coronavirus

Governments want to get people back to work & a key part of this is contact-tracing technology that helps authorities track the virus and warn citizens.

On Camera

Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

Want to preserve secularism in India? Well, preserve the Hindu ethos first

Secularism in the Indian context would mean maintaining equidistance from  all religions. Unfortunately, that equidistance never happened.
Mukesh Ambani at ThePrint Off the Cuff

Mukesh Ambani is now world’s fourth richest man, overtakes Europe’s wealthiest

Reliance's shares have more than doubled from a low in March as its digital unit got billions in investments from companies including Facebook Inc. and Google.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Artillery guns, assault rifles, AFVs — Here’s a list of 101 items MoD won’t import in future

Contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore will be placed with the domestic industry within the next six to seven years.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.