Microsoft’s search engine Bing has created a new tool to help people keep up to date with the latest news and statistics regarding coronavirus. The interactive map – which can be found here – provides a regularly updated overview of the number of cases both globally and in each individual country, while also breaking the figures down in order to reveal how many people have recovered and how many have died.
By clicking on a particular country, users can see an instant summary of the present situation in that location, as well as a series of links to relevant news articles and videos from around the web. This information is also available for each state within the US.
The map pools data from the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), and Wikipedia in order to keep track of statistics and report them in real-time.
Describing how the project came about, Michael Schechter, general manager for Bing Growth and Distribution, explained that "lots of Bing folks worked (from home) this past week to create a mapping and authoritative news resource for COVID19 info," ZDNet reports.
Of course, the figures displayed on the Bing map only relate to confirmed cases and don’t take into account the huge number of unreported cases that are likely to exist around the world.
It’s also worth pointing out that this isn’t the only live map out there, and that at the time of writing, Johns Hopkins University’s live tracker shows a total of 174,995 confirmed cases worldwide, while the Bing map places the figure at 175,419. The WHO has its own live map too, which also varies slightly from the data provided by Bing.
Google, meanwhile, says it is planning to launch an online coronavirus resource by the end of Monday, which will also include practical information regarding how to tell if you may have the virus and how to find a local testing center. According to reports, the site was originally intended as a resource for healthcare workers only, but will now be made available to the public because President Trump erroneously announced that it would be.