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Apple and Google announce tie-up to curb coronavirus pandemic

Rivals to launch app to tell users if they have had contact with patients

The fierce rivals in the smartphone market are joining forces to warn their users if someone they have had contact with goes on to test positive for the virus.   © Kyodo

NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Apple Inc. and Google LLC said Friday they will cooperate to prevent further spread of the new coronavirus through technologies alerting smartphone users who might have had close contact with infected persons.

Smartphone users will be able to download the app from U.S. health authorities in May. If a user tests positive for coronavirus and records the information in the app, people who may have had close contact with the person in the past week will receive an alert message.

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