In this weekly feature, COVID Tech, Digital News producer Tshepiso Moche, covers tech innovations related to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Most people will agree that planet Earth is facing a brand new day. One could even argue that the popular phrase ‘new normal’ is a contradiction in terms because really, not much is normal, but a lot of things seem new. Confused about the unknowns of South Africa’s national state of disaster? Well, there’s an app for that. It’s called Lockdown Bozza and here is what you should know about it:

1. It outlines COVID-19 lockdown restrictions from every sector according to the user’s selected location.
2. The information on the app is exclusively collected from official government websites and sector organisations.
3. It is updated within 24 hours of regulations being made public.
4. It was developed by a couple who live in Johannesburg, in collaboration with two teammates who reside in Cape Town.
5. With the exception of the couple, none of the developers had met each other prior to the project
6. It took four days straight to develop.
7. The information on restrictions is colour coded. Red stands for prohibited activities, amber for restricted and green for permitted.
8. The app has been downloaded over 1.2 million times and has had over 5.5 million interactions.
9. It reached over 1 million users after just 72 hours of being developed.
10. Marketing for the app has been via social media.

For previous editions of the series COVID Tech, see the links below:

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COVID Tech Part I: Government, UCT partner for tracing app