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As this week comes to a close we take a look at the articles that resonated most with our readers.

The tech world seems to be settling into the new normal of the peri-COVID world, we begin to see efforts stabilize as governments avoid major healthcare crises.

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In South Africa, the government continues to announce and introduce features to help its citizens and in Ghana, a startup has developed an app with the intention of aiding its lacking healthcare system.

With thousands working from home, the Internet in SA begins to falter as a cable has become damaged off the coast of the UK, and finally, Microsoft is introducing a new name for its popular Office 365 suite of programmes.

Find out more in this week’s top articles:

5. COVID-19 Whatsapp Helpline is Available in 5 South African Languages

As South Africa girds itself against the worldwide pandemic, and with the country enduring a three-week-long lockdown, the National Health Department has launched its COVID-19 Connect WhatsApp Helpline.

The Helpline is available in South Africa’s 5 most spoken languages.

4. The Surprising Way Flu Vaccines Can Help Fight COVID-19

South African Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize has announced that flu vaccines will begin to be rationed during the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa.

The flu vaccines, designed to immunize the vaccinated against seasonal flu, can have the unintended effect of opening up beds in hospitals for possible coronavirus patients, amongst others.

3. Break in WACS Cable sees South Africans facing Slow Internet

The West African Cable System, or WACS cable, suffered a breakage off the coast of England. The breakage has since begun inconveniencing South Africans with slow and reliable internet.

ISP Afrihost acknowledged that the breakage was causing increased latency and decreased speeds when accessing international servers and data.

A vessel is currently on its way to see to cable repairs.

2. Ghanaian Startup Launches COVID-19 Symptom Tracker App

Redbird, a medical diagnostics distributor has launched a COVID-19 Daily Check-in app and Symptom Tracker in the hopes of countering the spread of the novel virus in Ghana. This solution will enable health officials to see a real-time map where people are self-reporting symptoms and coordinate direct follow-ups with high-risk patients.

1. Microsoft Renames Office 365, Includes Teams on the Platform

Big changes are expected for Microsoft’s Office software on Monday, as the tech and media powerhouse had decided to rename the platform to fit a less corporate branding. This is as Microsoft continues to hope to their platforms as people-first services.

With the change of name, Microsoft is adding Teams to Office 365. Teams has seen significant spikes in usage since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic as millions are forced to work from home.

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