Using the Covid-19 outbreak as a springboard for innovation

From accelerators to hackathons, we tell you how most regions in the world have been swift to organise their tech sector to respond to the Covid-19 crisis. It was urgent and critical, but it was also an opportunity. We ask whether it has enabled Europe to get back on the tech map and start challenging the US and China again. 

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

5 Recent Items: COVID-19

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  • Nova Scotia’s 1st drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinic opens
  • New York Stock Exchange Reopens As Covid-19 Restrictions Ease | NBC News NOW
  • India’s rural hospitals unable to cope as coronavirus spreads – BBC News
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    France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.

    6 Recent Items: France

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