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Apple, Google Update Covid-19 Alert System to Increase Adoption

  • System comes to iPhones on Tuesday with iOS 13.7 update
  • Exposure Notifications Express to launch in four U.S. regions
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Covid-19 Contact Tracers Run Into Resistance
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Apple Inc. said the ability to use contact tracing without an app will roll out to iPhones on Tuesday, while Google said Android devices will get this capability in a more limited form later this month.

The companies said this will increase adoption of the system, which has begun to identify Covid-19 exposures. It will still only work in regions where public health authorities offer apps. The technology has been slow to catch on in some countries.