The Microsoft Bing team has launched a web portal for tracking coronavirus (COVID-19) infections across the globe. The users can get the latest updates on the total number of people infected by the virus and also the total number of deaths both globally and country wise.
“Lots of Bing folks worked (from home) this past week to create a mapping and authoritative news resource for COVID19 info,” said Michael Schechter, General Manager for Bing Growth and Distribution at Microsoft.
The website accessible at bing.com/covid, is a basic tracker. It updates us with the daily statistics regarding the coronavirus across the globe.
To makes the data more and more precise the data is being aggregated from authoritative sources only 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).
Users can click countries or US states on the map and see the latest infection stats, along with the latest COVID-19 news coverage for that specific country or state.
Microsoft announced the website, two days after President Trump said Google began working on COVID-19-related portal for US citizens.
According to reports, Google’s websites will be more than just an infection tracker and news portal, and will also include information on COVID-19 symptoms, risks associated with the disease, and info on local testing centers.
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, President Trump said.
The COVID-19 outbreak, which started in late December 2019 in China, has now infected more than 273,000 people and killed nearly 11,300. The number of coronavirus patients in India are now approaching to 250, with Maharashtra reporting the highest tally followed by Kerala.
WHO already has officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. The last time when a global pandemic was declared was in 2009, for the H1N1 influenza virus.