Microsoft launches global coronavirus tracker

Woman browses through her phone. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)
Woman browses through her phone. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)

If you’re worried about the spread of coronavirus across the globe, Microsoft has developed a new tool to map the spread of Covid-19.

The tool was built by the team behind Bing, the search engine Microsoft developed to challenge Google, and uses the latest statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The online tracker shows up-to-date figures on deaths and total confirmed cases plus the number of recovered people, worldwide as well as by country.

A Microsoft spokesperson told Mail Online: “To provide people with quick and easy ways to find the information they need during this time, we are aggregating data from the WHO, the CDC and the ECDC, among other authoritative sources, into accessible experiences across MSN and Bing.”

The tracker is available on desktop and mobile and users can navigate the map to find localised information.

Selecting a city will bring up the most current figures as well as news articles from trustworthy sources, as suggested by Bing.

The number of confirmed cases continues to rise sharply around the world, with Europe now the epicentre of the viral infection.

The online tracker shows that China still has the most cases, followed by Italy, Iran, Spain, South Korea, Germany, France, the US, Switzerland and the UK.

The Covid-19 outbreak has been formally classified as a pandemic and has brought much of the world to a halt.

Coronavirus cases in South Africa are rapidly climbing, and the spiralling outbreak recently prompted President Cyril Ramaphosa to take drastic steps to delay the spread of infection.

Most major live events, TV productions, and movie releases have been cancelled, while citizens grapple with postponing their personal important gatherings to protect vulnerable and immune-compromised individuals.

Sources: Bing, Daily Mail, BBC, The Trumpet, News24








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