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Nigeria on March 25 received test kits and protective gear from China's richest man, Jack Ma, to help fight novel coronavirus, which has so far claimed one life and infected 45 others in Africa's most populous nation.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd co-founder Jack Ma has joined Twitter.
Covid-19: China’s stranded citizens offered medical advice via free service from Alibaba founder Jack Ma
The service has been launched as China has come under a growing pressure from imported cases having seemingly bought the domestic outbreak under control. It is Jack Ma’s latest effort to combat the virus having already donated masks and test kits to other countries.
Covid-19: as governments feud, researchers, scientists and tech firms fill collaborative void in search for cure
Joint efforts of health care industry, pharmaceutical companies and tech firms are a stark contrast to the Washington-Beijing divisiveness. As many as 332 Covid-19 clinical trials have been launched from China, South Korea, Europe and North America, according to the medical journal The Lancet.
Babylon Healthcare Services Ltd has offered to pay for its UK employees to take Covid-19 antibody tests if they agree to share the results with the British telemedicine provider, raising concerns about medical privacy.
A website for essential workers in Britain applying to get a test for Covid-19 said on April 24 it was closed for new applicants just hours after the government widened the number of people eligible for its testing programme.
Siemens Healthineers has teamed up with Israeli startup Healthy.io to allow patients to test their urine at home by using a smartphone camera that scans a dipstick and sends the results to their doctor.
The UK government apologised after a new booking website for coronavirus tests ran out of supply within minutes of opening, as the country’s top medical official warned that the pandemic is far from over.
The technology already exists to detect most new cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States. And it’s not even that expensive.
Facebook Inc said it has removed 2.5 million posts since March 1 offering masks, sanitisers, cleaning wipes and Covid-19 test kits, in an attempt to prevent users from price-gouging or selling counterfeit and dangerous products.