China initiates tech-database to combat COVID-19

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Today the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology announced that it is compiling a technology database that can be used to combat COVID-19.

Currently, the database has compiled more than 2,000 new technologies and their providers, ranging from automatic temperature detection to diagnosis and hospital information systems.

The Chinese ministry has planned to expand the use of technology-based applications in hospitals and communities especially those which were in the frontline to fight the pandemic. The ministry has also considered providing technology-based support to companies that are now overcoming the aftereffect of a two-months lockdown.

Early this month a list of 283 technology products were added in the database which included solutions for detecting and treating the virus, building hospital information systems as well as delivery systems for supplying essentials and disinfection services.

Commenting on the initiative the Ministry stated that this effort focuses to encourage people to take up and use new technologies in an adaptable and effective way, also to help in the prevention of outbreak and business resumption.

The database initiative comes following Chinese President Xi Jinping asked the science and technology sector for strong support in fighting the virus.

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Xi Jinping
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“Throughout mankind’s history, science and technology [has been]the most powerful weapon in the battle against diseases. To conquer big disasters and epidemics, humans cannot live without technological development or innovation.”

According to Johns Hopkins University, the global coronavirus cases as of Monday is 29 million and deaths have increased to 924,643.