Microsoft launched the Bing COVID-19 Tracker last month to serve as a single, credible hub of news and official government information about the pandemic. It allows users to track novel coronavirus infections across the globe at a hyperlocal level. Users can get statistics on infection, recoveries, and fatalities in their own states and districts.
The tracker is also available as an app for Windows 10 now.
In India, the tracker provides authentic information on helpline numbers and testing centers as well as guidance and advisories from credible sources, including those from the Government of India, Indian Council of Medical Research, and WHO. Moreover, users can stay on top of the latest news – both national and local - with embedded stories and live feeds from leading national and regional language publications.
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced new features of the COVID-19 Tracker customized for India. The tracker now integrates a self-assessment bot that also acts as a hub for telemedicine support from leading healthcare organizations in the country.
The AI-powered Apollo Hospitals bot enables users to conduct a self-assessment of potential symptoms and risk levels for COVID-19. Built on Azure, it has been developed based on guidelines from the WHO and the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.
The Telemedicine support hub offers options for online consultation with leading healthcare service providers in India like Apollo Hospitals, Practo, 1mg, and MFine, among others.
The tracker now supports nine Indian languages - Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, and Kannada.