COVID-19 Updates (Dec. 14): AI app to warn COVID risk developed by students won prizes

BeCaked - a product developed by 2 Vietnamese students to predict COVID-19 development won Eureka 2020 Awards.
December 14, 2020 | 07:15
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Two new imported COVID-19 cases reported. (Photo: VNA)

Two new imported COVID-19 cases reported

A man returning from Japan and a woman from the Republic of Korea (RoK) were the latest new COVID-19 cases reported on December 13, bringing the national count to 1,397, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control. The two new imported cases were quarantined in the central city of Da Nang upon their arrival. Both of them are being treated at the Lung Hospital in Da Nang city.

In the last 24 hours, three more people were also announced to have recovered, lifting the number of recovered cases to 1,241. The number of fatalities remains at 35. Among those still under treatment, three have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 once, six twice and 10 thrice.

As many as 19,992 people who had close contact with COVID-19 patients or entered Vietnam from pandemic-hit regions are currently quarantined nationwide, including 209 in hospitals, 15,593 in concentrated quarantine establishments, and the remaining at their residences.

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Employees of Master Poultry Group Pty Ltd are distributing goods. (Photo: MPG)

Vietnamese company in Australia actively joins charity activities against COVID

Master Poultry Group Pty Ltd (MPG) - a Vietnamese-owned business in Australia, is very active in charity activities, especially its support to the Vietnamese community and local people amid difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam Plus cited.

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in Victoria State, although its production and business activities were significantly affected, the firm still organized two programs for those with financial difficulties during the health crisis. In its program in April, the company presented over 8 tonnes of chicken products at different locations in Melbourne city. It also offered 10 face masks in each gift packages.

Starting in early November, its second program takes place every Saturday afternoon and lasts until before Christmas. Each charity gift package contains two kilograms of chicken products and other essentials such as rice, soy sauce, milk, juice, instant noodles, and toilet paper. As of December 12, the company has organized six rounds of gift distribution with nearly 1200 gift packages were presented to local people.

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AI app to warn COVID risk developed by students won prizes. (Photo: Thanh Nien)

AI app to warn COVID risk developed by students won prizes

BeCaked - a product developed by 2 Vietnamese students, Vo Quang Nghia and Nguyen Quang Duc to predict COVID-19 development won the Eureka 2020 Awards (an award held to honor students who make a considerable contribution to scientific research activities of Vietnam) and has been transferred by Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health to further develop, reported by Thanh Nien.

Could not go to school because of the Covid-19 outbreak since the beginning of the year, Vo Quang Nghia, a young student in the field of health, felt that he needed to do something to help the community, so the idea about BeCaked began to take shape. Nguyen Quang Duc, who is good in mathematics and information technology, helped his friend to come up with proper algorithms for the app's function. He used AI-based technology to make sure the app would come up with the best predictions.

According to Nghia, the team did a test with the app within a month and found that the data predicted by the app was correct compared to what actually happened. Not only experimenting with the situation of Vietnam, the team also found out that when experimenting with countries around the world, the results given are completely coincidental.

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