Governments turn to AI in fight against coronavirus – Government & civil service news

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Countries around the world – including the US, South Korea and Taiwan – are using artificial intelligence (AI) to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The technology is being used to speed up the development of testing kits and treatments, to track the spread of the virus, and to provide citizens with real-time information. In South Korea, the government mobilised the private sector to begin developing coronavirus testing kits soon after reports of a new virus began to emerge from China. As part of this drive, Seoul-based molecular biotech company Seegene used AI to speed up the development of testing kits, enabling it to submit its solution to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) three weeks after scientists began working on it. The company's founder and chief executive, Chun Jong-yoon, told CNN that had AI not been used, the process would have taken two to three months.


Coronavirus infections in China could have been slashed by 95% if measures taken three weeks earlier

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China's swift enforcement of quarantine and stringent social restrictions following the COVID-19 outbreak prevented more than seven million people from catching the virus in the country, scientists say. But a study claims that 95 per cent of all infections in mainland China could have been prevented if the country opted to implement restrictive measures such as social distancing and case isolation three weeks earlier. More than 170,000 people have currently tested positive for coronavirus globally and 6,512 have died. By the end of February, in mainland China alone, the number of COVID-19 cases totalled 114,325, the researchers estimate. The academics estimate that the total number of cases in mainland China could have been up to 67 times higher - upwards of 7.6million people - if no measures had been taken to restrict close contact and movement of people.


Instagram is removing coronavirus-related content not shared by health organizations

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Social media giants can't stop coronavirus from infecting the globe, but they are working to end misinformation about the virus from spreading on their platforms – and Instagram is the latest newcomer to this fight. The Facebook-owned app is now removing coronavirus-related content and accounts from recommendations and'Explore' unless i posted by or belonging to credible health organizations. Users who search for information related to the outbreak will be presented with an educational message connecting them to resources from the World Health Organization and local health ministries. The move is to stop false claims and conspiracy theories that have been flagged by authorities from causing harm to the public during the pandemic. Although Instagram and other tech companies have been working tirelessly to provide accurate and up-to-date information about the coronavirus, inaccurate information is spreading like wildfire, so much that the World Health Organization is calling it an'infodemic.'


Can AI flag disease outbreaks faster than humans? Not quite

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John Brownstein is co-founder of HealthMap, a system using artificial intelligence to monitor global disease outbreaks. John Brownstein is co-founder of HealthMap, a system using artificial intelligence to monitor global disease outbreaks. John Brownstein is co-founder of HealthMap, a system using artificial intelligence to monitor global disease outbreaks. John Brownstein is co-founder of HealthMap, a system using artificial intelligence to monitor global disease outbreaks. BOSTON -- Did an artificial intelligence system beat human doctors in warning the world of a severe coronavirus outbreak in China?


Artificial Intelligence Vs. COVID-19: How Is AI Helping To Fight The Pandemic? -

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Artificial intelligence (AI) often raises concerns about privacy and deception apropos of facial recognition and forged entities. However, the massive outbreak of the novel coronavirus is now driving most of the technology companies and experts to look for AI's abet. Since the first report of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China – the virus has now spread to at least 100 other countries. Nevertheless, the undisclosed information holds the key to the certainty that the artificial intelligence warning system, run by Toronto startup "BlueDot" flagged a news report from China about enigmatic pneumonia distressing the residents of Wuhan, back in December 2019. As China leans on its strong technology sector, specifically artificial intelligence and data science to track and combat this pandemic, tech leaders like Alibaba, and Huawei chose to accelerate their company's healthcare initiatives.