San Francisco: While Google is still working on a corona virus screening and tracking website, the Microsoft Bing team has already set up a web portal to track COVID-19 infections worldwide.
The website at bing.com/covid provides up-to-date infection statistics for every country.
The COVID-19 tracker currently lists 1.68,835 total confirmed cases, 84,558 active cases, 77,761 recovered cases, and 6,516 deaths.
There are at least 3,244 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus and at least 61 deaths in the United States.
“A lot of Bing people have worked (from home) over the past week to create a mapping and authoritative news resource for COVID19 information,” said Michael Schechter, general manager for Bing growth and distribution at Microsoft a ZDNet report quoted on Sunday.
An interactive map allows website visitors to click on the country to see the specific number of cases and related articles from various publishers.
Data is collected from sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Microsoft announced the website two days after U.S. President Donald Trump said Google had started working on the COVID-19-related portal for U.S. citizens.
Google’s website is created by Verily, a subsidiary of Alphabet that focuses on healthcare services.
“There are currently over 1,700 engineers working on the site,” Trump said during a press conference last week.
The tool will transfer people who are concerned about their COVID-19 risk based on instructions from public health officials and the availability of tests to test sites.
There was some confusion initially on Google’s coronavirus portal, but the company later announced that it “is working with the U.S. government to develop a nationwide website that contains information on COVID-19 symptoms, risks, and testing information” .