To help Kenya and the African region to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Opera has added a speed dial to the Opera Mini browser and Opera browser for Android, enabling quicker access to official information from the government and the country’s Ministry of Health about COVID-19.
With this addition to the speed dial, Opera hopes to help millions of users in Kenya and 37 other African countries to easily access official information about the actual increase of COVID-19 cases, tips and recommendations on how to reduce the risk of infection, and the latest governmental statements about lockdowns in their country.
“Our mobile browsers and news applications are used by nearly 120 million people across the African continent. By adding the COVID-19 speed dial into our mobile browsers, we are helping people make more informed decisions about how to deal with the pandemic in their local communities,”Jørgen Arnesen, Head of Marketing and Distribution at Opera.
Dedicated news channel
The Opera Mini browser and the Opera browser for Android will now also include a dedicated news channel with the latest local and global news related to coronavirus outbreak. The channel displays a feed of the top stories and most relevant local articles, as it uses the personalized AI news engine of Opera News.
Opera users can access the channel by swiping right on the home screen of the Opera Mini and Opera browser for Android. The dedicated news channel is currently available in Kenya, Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Information available in remote locations
Multiple national authorities have already taken measures to prevent the spread of the virus in different African countries. With solutions such as quarantine and isolation being implemented as measures to reduce the risk of increased cases, people across the African continent are working remotely, accessing online entertainment services, and spending more time on the web.
In remote communities, this is becoming a challenge as networks get overcrowded, become slower, and consume more data – which already comes at high costs.
“Connectivity barriers can represent a major challenge for millions of people, especially during the current COVID-19 outbreak,” said Arnesen. “The Opera mobile products have unique capabilities to reduce some web page sizes to the extent that you can save up to 90% of your mobile data. This means that even on slow and congested networks, people will be able to access information about COVID-19.”
The speed dial with access to official information from local governments is available in the Opera browser for Android and the Opera Mini browser in other 37 African countries including; Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Peoples Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.