Corona Tracing App launched for Indigenous Peoples in Brazil

Indigenous and environmental organizations launched a virus tracing app in Brazil on Friday to warn their communities about the spread of the coronavirus epidemic in indigenous areas.

“The app will provide maps and regular upgrade information on epidemic situations in cities within 100 kilometers of indigenous areas.” The Coordinating Organization of the Indigenous Organization of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB) and the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM) stated in a joint statement.

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Known as the “COVID 19 Indigenous Alert”, this app will help you identify high-risk areas.

The app will be available for free on the Android system, and will also include data from the Brazilian Ministry of Health, Indigenous health workers, Indigenous organization leaders, and the COIAB network.

The Kayapo indigenous people are seen after the reopening of the BR-163 highway, during a protest against the government measures in the indigenous lands to avoid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, Aug. 18, 2020. 

Out of 212 million people in Brazil, 4 million people have been infected with corona, and 1 lakh 25 thousand have died.

Of the country’s 900,000 indigenous peoples, 30,000 have been infected and 785 people already have died due to COronavirus.

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