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  • Insurance brokerage Minet Kenya and virtual medical clinic SASAdoctor have launched a telemedicine solution at a time of limited human interaction. Minet Kenya chief executive Sammy Muthui said the service was aimed at reducing instances where customers have to visit a clinic or a drugstore. The new service comes days after listed regional underwriter Jubilee launched a mobile-based doctor’s app that facilitates virtual client-doctor engagement.
  • Telecoms in Uganda have registered increased demand for both Internet and voice services in a period when other sectors of the economy have been suppressed. The growth could have been influenced by the stay-and-work from home approach that many companies have adopted amid a national-wide lockdown seeking to control the spread of Covid-19.
  • Bank of Baroda has said it will replace most of its Automated Teller Machines with Cash Recycler Machines. The move seeks to cement the banks move towards digitising its operations at a time when technology continues to influence the global financial system. Cash Recycler Machines, which mainly take cash deposits, have in the last two years become the face of banking with a few other banks such as Stanbic and Absa operating some at different banking points.
  • Amazon using thermal cameras for COVID-19 temperature checks. The e-tailing giant is using the cameras at some of its operations facilities to ease the process of screening employees for fever related to the coronavirus.
  • Google is developing physical and digital debit cards, which would be tied to an app for payments, managing purchases and checking balances, according to a report Friday by TechCrunch. The product would compete with the Apple Card, the iPhone maker’s financial service that debuted last year.