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Durians Daily #17: Prenetics makes Covid-19 testing more accessible in Hong Kong, Pomelo launches support initiative, and free awareness animations from LottieFiles

Help continues to pour in from the startup community.

Project Screen

  • The best way to slow down a pandemic, according to World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom is to “test, test, test”.
  • In reflection of that instruction, 500-backed genetic testing and digital health company, Prenetics, has ramped up efforts to make Covid-19 testing more widely available in Hong Kong.
  • The non-profit campaign named Project Screen comprises of Prenetics and several collaborators from different industries.
  • Using the latest digital and ISO-laboratory testing standards, users can receive, return, and access results within 24 hours.
Photo by Macau Photo Agency on Unsplash
  • Prenetics is present across many markets in Asia and Southeast Asia. We’re hoping they can play a role in more markets soon.
  • More details on Project Screen here.

More fashion for frontliners

  • Pomelo, a 500-backed omnichannel fashion brand, has launched Pomelo Cares, a multi-pronged initiative that doubles as a support system for medical frontliners and a community program encouraging people to social distance.
  • Utilizing the production expertise of its manufacturing partners, Pomelo has produced fabric masks, of which all profit of these masks will be channeled to hospital and healthcare bodies like the Thailand Red Cross.
  • More details on the initiative and how you can contribute, go here.

Animations for Covid-19 awareness

  • Lottiefiles, the 500-backed animation proprietor who counts industry big-names like Netflix, Spotify and Airbnb as users of its open-sourced file format dotLottie, has got a slew of new animations focusing on Covid-19 awareness.
  • These eye-catching animations can be used in websites, apps, videos, and social posts.
Credit: Lottiefiles
  • Lottiefiles has made it easy to embed its animations on multiple platforms. Here’s a quick-start guide.
  • There’s also an extensive marketplace on Lottiefiles for creatives and animators to buy and sell their creations.

Best fruit forward

  • As Southeast Asian capitals fall into lockdown, its citizens count on delivery providers like 500-backed Grab and Zalora to get their items delivered.
Photo by Afif Kusuma on Unsplash
  • But a new challenge will emerge post-Covid-19 and that’s retaining these customers. The Ken elaborates more here.

Stay tuned to tomorrow’s Durians Daily!

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