A new report (PDF) reveals that the vast majority of EU member state websites are laden with third-party cookies that are not disclosed to visitors. Third-party service plugins and embeds are the main way in which trackers landed on government and public health sector websites according to the report.
Anyone who has come into close contact with the virus is then urged to stay at home and contact the health authorities.According to China’s National Health Commission, close contact refers to someone who has come in close distance, with no effective protection, with confirmed cases, suspected cases or mild cases while the person was ill or showed symptoms of being ill.
- People who work close together,
- Share the same classroom or live in the same house.
- Medical staff, family members or other people who have been in close contact with patients in a closed environment and other patients in the same room and their caregivers.
- Passengers and crew members who have been in the same transportation facility with patients (confirmed and suspected cases) and infected cases (mild cases and asymptomatic cases).
‘From a Chinese perspective this is a really useful service for people,’ Hong Kong-based technology lawyer at the law firm DLA Piper Carolyn Bigg told the BBC. ‘It’s a really powerful tool that really shows the power of data being used for good.’
How you can see the spread of coronavirus for yourself
Despite the efforts of the Chinese to contain the spread, there are now over 43,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus around the world.
In total, there have been 1,018 deaths from the virus at the time of writing.
Over in the United States, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University has developed a real-time tracker for the virus.
The research collective has set out a browser-based dashboard that you can access by following this link to see the spread of coronavirus for yourself.‘We built this dashboard because we think it is important for the public to have an understanding of the outbreak situation as it unfolds with transparent data sources,’ explained Lauren Gardner, a civil engineer and co-director at CSSE who spearheaded the development of the tool.
‘For the research community, this data will become more valuable as we continue to collect it over time.’The statistics behind the data visualization are being collected from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China, and Dingxiangyuan, a social networking site for health care professionals that provides real-time information on cases.