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Big Data team develops app for contact tracing

Academics working on project that will inform users if they come into contact with Covid-19

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent

22nd March, 2020
Oxford University is developing an app to help with contact tracing as a normal public health approach won‘t work because it is too slow.

An app that could help to manage contact tracing of the coronavirus could be deployed within a matter of days, according to a leading Oxford University academic.

The app, being developed by a team at the British university’s Big Data Institute, keeps users informed of whether they have come into contact with someone infected with the virus and provides advice on how to respond.

The idea came from efforts to find a way...

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