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Digital platforms launched to provide updated info about coronavirus

| Updated: March 31, 2020 09:55:10


-- State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak (file photo) -- State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak (file photo)

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division has introduced four digital platforms, including a personal risk assessment web tool, to create awareness among people and provide latest information about coronavirus.

The other platforms involving two separate websites and a Facebook chatbot will also help Bangladeshis home and abroad learn about their responsibilities in dealing with the situation.

A chatbot is a computer programme mostly available with Facebook messenger, which simulates conversation between human users and an organisation.

The digital tools were unveiled at an online press conference on Monday organised by the ICT Division.

State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak moderated the press conference. 

He said by visiting the website www.livecoronatest.com any individual can measure his or her risk level to coronavirus infection.

Regarding the chatbot, the state minister said a user can use the computer programme through the messaging option of the verified Facebook page of ICT Division, Bangladesh.

Mr Palak also introduced another web platform www.callfornation.com to support and coordinate among the innovators and start-ups who have been working to fight against the epidemic in the country.

Besides another web platform www.probashihelpline.com will help Bangladeshis living abroad get information about the relevant foreign offices’ addresses and hotline numbers.

Senior Secretary to the Information and Communication Technology Division N M Zeaul Alam, IT professionals and developers took part at the online conference.

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