“The coronavirus cases have been steadily growing in India, forcing the government to announce a 21-day lockdown”
The coronavirus pandemic, which has been affecting the world for the past several months, is on everyone’s mind these days. While local governments around the world have issued several directives to curb the spread of the disease, it would seem that cases are increasing at an alarming rate. In India, for example, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a 21-day lockdown across the country until April 14th. In these dire times, it becomes important for us to track the spread of coronavirus so that we can informed at the rate with which the disease is spreading so as to take preventive measures accordingly. While media outlets are continuously talking about COVID-19, there are a few other ways in which you can track the spread of the virus.
How to track coronavirus spread
— Google is of course the most popular tool to keep you updated about the coronavirus pandemic. Apart from the SOS alert that appears every time you type in a coronavirus-related query, the company has released a tool called coronavirus Map that is tracking the spread of the disease around the globe in real-time. The webpage shows the map of the world with shades of blue indicating the severity of the spread. China, Italy, Iran, and Spain are the darkest shade since the outbreak is worse for them. India is on a lighter shade of blue. Underneath the map is mention of the global count of confirmed cases, couuntry-wise cases, cases per million, deaths and recovered.
— Microsoft’s Bing search engine has also taken initiatives to track the spread of the virus. Bing’s COVID-19 tracker also has the map on the right side with the red circles highlighting the places which have the most infections. The higher the infection scale the bigger the circle. Alongside is a graph that charts the number of cases against time with a red curve for confirmed ones and a gray curve for fatal ones. The total number of cases is highlighted in big red numbers along with active, recovered and fatal cases worldwide. News and YouTube videos pertaining to the cases are also in a separate column.
— coronatracker.in is a website created by five college students from Goa as an easy way to track the spread of the virus in India and around the world. The website is minimalistic in that it only offers relevant information such as the total number of infected cases, number of deaths, a data curve showing the number of recovered cases, demographic and state-wise breakdown. The data is gathered from sources like Johns Hopkins University, as reported by The Indian Express.
— nCoV2019.live is a website that goes into even more detail about the virus. While in one column it provides the global scale of virus infections and country-wise as well, it also tells the change in the number of cases and deaths since yesterday. There is also a column that mentions the recovered patients and also how many cases are critical. A quick facts column, highlights the main information everyone is looking for which is total cases, deaths, serious cases, recovered, and countries infected. Below this a country-wise breakdown of which states have the infection on the same parameters as mentioned above.
— The Central Government has also launched the MyGov Corona Helpdesk chatbot on WhatsApp and a page on Telegram in a bid to curb the spread of fake news and misinformation. The MyGov Corona Helpdesk allows the Indian government to provide updates and official information about the coronavirus pandemic.
— If you are following news publications on social media then it would be helpful to know that several news outlets such as the New York Times, India Today and so on that offer real-time information about coronavirus cases around the world and in India.