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Google data shows how people’s movements have changed since outbreak

Google data shows how people’s movements have changed since outbreak

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Visits to shops, museums and cafes in the UK have fallen by 85% since the coronavirus outbreak, according to data shared by Google. The technology firm's anonymised data of people's locations provides an insight into how the public are moving around during the pandemic. The information comes from products such as Google Maps, the company said. During the period between 16 February and 29 March, visits by people in the UK to retail and recreation locations, such as restaurants, shopping centres and galleries dropped by 85%.Trips to outdoor spaces such as parks and beaches fell 52%. ...
Democratic lawmakers call for racial data in virus testing

Democratic lawmakers call for racial data in virus testing

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Democratic lawmakers are calling out an apparent lack of racial data that they say is needed to monitor and address disparities in the national response to the coronavirus outbreakBy AARON MORRISON Associated PressMarch 30, 2020, 9:52 PM4 min read4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article Democratic lawmakers are calling out an apparent lack of racial data that they say is needed to monitor and address disparities in the national response to the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter sent Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, both from Massachusetts, said comprehensive demographic data on people who are tested or treated for the virus that causes COVID-19 does not exist. Over the weekend, cities with large bla...
Coronavirus: UK broadband data caps removed during pandemic

Coronavirus: UK broadband data caps removed during pandemic

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The UK’s main internet providers have agreed to remove data caps on fixed-line broadband during the coronavirus pandemic.The move is part of a range of new measures agreed between telecoms companies and the government.Other commitments include “fairly and appropriately” supporting customers who have trouble paying their bills.Providers have also agreed to offer “generous” new mobile and landline packages, the government said.Those companies who have signed up to the commitments include: BT, including its Openreach and EE divisions Virgin Media Sky TalkTalk O2 Vodafone Three Hyperoptic Gigaclear Kcom The initiative supplements measures the individual companies had already announced themselves.
‘Data platform’ will track beds, staff and ventilators

‘Data platform’ will track beds, staff and ventilators

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The NHS is preparing to unveil a "data platform" which tracks the movement of critical staff and materials, giving ministers the first ever comprehensive view of the entire health system, Sky News can reveal.NHS leaders believe the platform will be transformative in the fight against coronavirus, as it will allow decision-makers to see accurate information in real time and coordinate a truly national response to the pandemic. However, critics have raised concerns, largely because of the identity of the company brought in to build the system - controversial Silicon Valley giant Palantir. The deal, which is expected to be announced in the next 24 hours, tasks Palantir with gathering data from across the health sector into a comprehensive "data store".The data - which does not include sen...
Government using phone location data to tackle virus

Government using phone location data to tackle virus

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The government is working with mobile network O2 to analyse anonymous smartphone location data to see whether people are following its social distancing guidelines, Sky News has learned.The partnership began following a tech summit at Number 10, where officials discussed coronavirus outbreak planning with representatives from the UK's largest phone networks. A spokesperson for O2 confirmed that the company was providing aggregated data to the government so it could observe trends in public movements, particularly in London.The project will not be able to track individuals and is not designed to do so. ...