Yes, countries are no longer behind! They have step up innovation efforts and government officials from around the world shared more than 500 COVID-19 related digital applications that they have been using during the pandemic.
These can now be found in the “Compendium of Digital Government Initiatives in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic“, launched by UN DESA.
This compendium, prepared by the Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), aims to capture emerging trends in digital responses of the United Nations Member States against the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide a preliminary analysis of their main features.
In the compendium, readers will learn how governments have been using campaigns and chatbots to provide reliable information about the virus and to combat fake news, disinformation, and viral hoaxes.
Due to the lack of medical personnel and capacity in hospitals, health apps have provided people with tools to self-assess their health status and for doctors to remotely monitor the wellbeing of their patients.