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Microsoft Bing team launches global COVID-19 tracker
Microsoft Bing has launched a web portal for tracking COVID-19 infections worldwide.
The website, accessible at bing.com/covid, provides up-to-date reported infection statistics for each country.
The COVID-19 Tracker currently lists 168,921 as total confirmed cases, 84,644 active cases, 77,760 recovered cases and 6,517 deaths.
There are at least 110 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in India and at least 2 deaths.
“Lots of Bing folks worked (from home) this past week to create a mapping and authoritative news resource for COVID19 info,” Michael Schechter, General Manager for Bing Growth and Distribution at Microsoft, was quoted as saying in a ZDNet report on March 15.
An interactive map allows site visitors to click on the country to see the specific number of cases and related articles from a variety of publishers.
Data is being aggregated from sources like the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Microsoft announced the website two days after US President Donald Trump said Google has begun working on COVID-19-related portal for US citizens.
Google’s website is being built by Verily, a subsidiary of Alphabet focused on healthcare services.
“More than 1,700 engineers are currently working on the site”, Trump said during a press briefing last week.
The tool will triage people who are concerned about their COVID-19 risk into testing sites based on guidance from public health officials and test availability.
Initially there was some confusion on Google’s coronavirus portal but the company later announced that it is “partnering with the US government in developing a nationwide website that includes information about COVID-19 symptoms, risk, and testing information.”
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