The pandemic has seen many apps launched to make the public officials aware of the extant of COVID-19 spread in their regions. However, these apps do not provide information about who the infected person has come in contact with. Apple and Google in collaboration are developing application programming interfaces (APIs) to allow interoperability between Android and iOS devices for apps from public health authorities. Details from the news are important for prelims.
The US-Iran conflict is ongoing while the world is fighting a pandemic. Iran has recently suffered a number of satellite launch failures. The news is important for mains. Click to read the articles