‘I worry about their social skills’: parents on children’s screen time in lockdown | World news- Tempemail

The worst part of the pandemic for 11-year-old Sandy is that he can’t see his friends. The best part is that limits on how much time he spends online gaming have gone out the window. During the long months of lockdowns and shuttered schools, Sandy’s father, Simon Evans, 64, from Continue Reading

RoboDoc: how India’s robots are taking on Covid patient care | Global development

Standing just 5ft tall, Mitra navigates around the hospital wards, guided by facial recognition technology and with a chest-mounted tablet that allows patients and their loved ones to see each other. Developed in recent years by the Bengaluru startup Invento Robotics, Mitra costs around $13,600 (£10,000) and – due to Continue Reading

Social media firms must face sanction for ‘anti-vax content’, demands Labour | World news- Tempemail

Social media companies that fail to act to “stamp out dangerous anti-vaccine content” should be subject to financial and criminal penalties, Labour has demanded. As hopes rise that a vaccine against coronavirus could be ready within weeks, analysis by Labour has revealed that dedicated online groups with hundreds of thousands Continue Reading

Fault in NHS Covid app meant thousands at risk did not quarantine | World news

A code error in the NHS Covid-19 app meant users had to be next to a highly infectious patient for five times as long as the NHS had decided was risky before being instructed to self-isolate, the Guardian has learned. New national restrictions are due to come into effect in Continue Reading

NHS using drones to deliver coronavirus kit between hospitals | Technology

An NHS drone is being used to courier Covid-19 samples, blood tests and personal protective equipment between hospitals in England. It is hoped that the trials, backed by a £1.3m grant from the UK Space Agency, can establish a network of air corridors for electric drones to navigate using GPS. Continue Reading

Users report issues as Covid-19 app launches in England and Wales | World news

The launch of the NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales has exposed problems with the programme, some of which were known about in advance, and some of which will come as a surprise to both the government and users. Although there were hundreds of thousands of downloads of the Continue Reading

Releasing Covidsafe app usage numbers could risk public safety, government claims | Australia news

The federal government has refused to release information on the number of Australians still using the Covidsafe contact tracing app, on the grounds it could risk public safety and harm commonwealth-state relations. Covidsafe relies on large numbers of the population running the app on their phones when out in the Continue Reading

Engagement with anti-vaccine Facebook posts trebles in one month | Media- Tempemail

Engagement with anti-vaccine posts on a sample of UK Facebook pages trebled between July and August, analysis by the Guardian has found, triggering calls for a major new push to tackle conspiracy theories. Interactions on posts expressing scepticism or hostility towards vaccines on six UK Facebook pages increased from 12,000 Continue Reading

Victoria contact tracers access Covidsafe data 99 times but no identified close contacts reported | World news

As Melbourne suburbs are locked down and the government tries to get a second spike in cases in Victoria under control, contact tracers in the state have more than tripled the number of downloads from the Covidsafe app. Last week it was reported that Victorian health officials had downloaded data Continue Reading

Dear Australia: livestreamed dispatches from a world overdue for a reckoning | Stage

Playwriting Australia promoted its new suite of 50 monologues, livestreamed over three nights this July, as “a striking moment of national celebration and reflection”. But the stories are also suffused with grief and desperation, with anxiety and impatience. Addressed as “postcards” to the nation, the monologues serve as dispatches from Continue Reading