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TORONTO, April 12, 2021 – An Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based algorithm, designed by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University) in partnership with York University, iThemba LABS, and the Provincial Government of Gauteng, shows there is a low risk for a third wave of COVID-19 infection in all provinces of South Africa.

The algorithm was designed as part of the project “Predictive modeling and forecasting of the transmission of COVID-19 in Africa using Artificial Intelligence,” led by York University Assistant Professor Jude Kong of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science, director of Africa-Canada Artificial Intelligence and Data Innovation Consortium.

Professors from three faculties and four major research centres and laboratories at York contributed their expertise to the design of the algorithm, including Distinguished Research Professor Jianhong Wu of the Faculty of Science, director of the Laboratory for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, who leads the National COVID-19 Modeling Rapid Response Task Force at York. The project received funding from Canada's International Development Research Centre.

Links:

1. https://news.yorku.ca/2021/04/12/new-ai-powered-algorithm-to-predict-third-wave-of-covid-19-in-south-africa/

2. https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2021-04-12-covid-19-low-risk-for-third-wave-in-sa-ai-powered-algorithm-predicts/

3. https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/health/2021-04-12-risk-of-covid-19-third-wave-within-next-two-weeks-is-low-say-sa-researchers/

4. https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/south-africa/2021-04-12-covid-19-low-risk-for-third-wave-in-sa-ai-powered-algorithm-predicts/

5. https://www.news24.com/health24/medical/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/low-risk-of-third-covid-wave-in-sa-but-country-still-highly-vulnerable-wits-ai-model-suggests-20210412

6. https://mybroadband.co.za/news/trending/393017-new-ai-system-shows-low-risk-of-a-third-wave-in-south-africa-in-next-two-weeks.html 

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