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COVID-19 Tracker: Microsoft Bing Team Launches Website

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Bengaluru, India – 16 March, 2020: The Microsoft Bing team has launched a worldwide portal that could track COVID-19 infections. The website,
bing.com/covid, provides up-to-date information about the infection statistics from different countries across the globe.

“A number of Bing folks were working from home this past week to create a mapping and resource for authoritative news about COVID-19,” said Michael Schechter, General Manager – Bing Growth and Distribution at Microsoft.

The basic tracker currently records 168,855 total confirmed cases, among which 84,579 are active cases, 77,760 under recovered title, and 6,516 fatal cases. The interactive website enables site visitors to read the specific number of cases recorded in a country in a list of articles sorted from various publishers.

COVID-19 Tracker of Microsoft not only shows the latest infectious status of every country, but also inquires about the epidemic situation of a country or a particular region. In the early days of this month, the folks at John Hopkins University had created an interactive web-based dashboard that gathers data from various websites, enabling users to visualize and keep a track of the number of reported cases on a daily basis.

The website collects data from authoritative sources like the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The news of worldwide launch of Microsoft’s website came in the midst of Google’s announcement of a website dedicated to COVID-19 education, prevention, and local resources for the United States.

Google’s upcoming website is being built by Alphabet’s subsidiary, Verily, and would serve to focus on healthcare services for the US citizens. As per the reports, more than 1,700 engineers are currently in full swing for building the Google’s COVID-19 tracker. Earlier there was a lot of confusion with regard to Google’s coronavirus portal, but later the search giant itself announced the partnership it shares with US government.

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