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App Tracks Real-Time The Spread Of The Covid-19 Virus In Thailand

A Thai team known as 5Lab that develops websites, software and applications has introduced a site devoted to tracking the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Thailand.

The site formally launched on Friday (March 13) – – provides information with real-time updates on people in Thailand confirmed as infected, including location, health status and date and time of confirmation.

All the data have source references to assure reliability, primarily at the Public Health Ministry, said chief executive Nithi Prasanpanich, but he believes the 5Lab site will be more useful than current information sources.

Covidtracker website's interface

Covidtracker website’s interface

“The government’s information should be more accessible rather than just being given out in general statements,” he said. 

“It should provide information online, since few people get to see its press releases. And every update should be open-source, use the same format and be stored in a systematic way. Then programmers will be able to upload the data into a program.”

Updates are manually added to CovidTracker after being factually verified.

The team was on Friday in the process of adding another server to meet rising interest in the site, having already experienced crashes.