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Microsoft launches its Bing Coronavirus Tracker

Keeping track of Coranavirus news can be quite the time-consuming process and a burden as well considering that you need to find reliable information.

Microsoft just launched its Coronavirus tracker on Bing. COVID-19 Tracker provides statistics and information about the spread of the virus in the world.

The startpage lists the total confirmed cases, cases by country, and each of these divided into active, recovered and fatal cases. There is also a map which highlights how individual regions are impacted by the virus.

Microsoft is pulling data from several sources including CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), WHO (World Health Organization), and ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control).

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A click on  a country lists active, recovered and fatal cases for that country. More interesting is the news section that provides a chronological list of news bits for the selected region.

If you select Italy, one of the countries hit the hardest by the virus at the time of writing, you find a list of news pieces that you may find useful. The news section is powered by Bing News; I saw German and English news articles listed by Bing and the filtering seemed to work fairly well. Chance is that you may get different languages based on the language settings of your computer.

There is also a video section below the news part, powered by Bing Video, with videos about the virus and the selected country.

One thing that is missing is an option to receive updates. The Coronavirus tracker site does not provide options to receive news updates, e.g. by email, RSS, or messaging service. What you can do, however, is use the Bing News or Bing Video RSS option.

All you need to do is append &format=rss to the URL, e.g. turn to to get a RSS feed of the filtered news. You may then subscribe to the news in a RSS feed reader, e.g. QuiteRSS or the browser extension Smart RSS Reader, or any other program, extension or service, to receive updates as they become available.

Now You: how do you keep track of the virus and news?

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  1. Yuliya said on March 17, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Rename this virus to Paranoiavirus already. I can’t even find wet wipes or toilet paper in stock no more ffs.

    1. Finvana said on March 17, 2020 at 6:21 pm
    2. yuri said on March 17, 2020 at 9:04 pm

      So far you are correct, that may or may not change, the media are mainly to blame as usual. I’m not saying that nothing should be done about it but as things stand flu is killing far more people and has been for centuries yet there isn’t this whipped up hysteria every time flu season comes around.

    3. Peter said on March 17, 2020 at 10:53 pm

      All the more reason to stop shaking hands.

    4. Anonymous said on March 17, 2020 at 11:44 pm

      I have to my towels to wipe :(

    5. Peterc said on March 18, 2020 at 1:12 am

      @Yuliya: Can’t find toilet paper? Not to worry! There’s always the local newspaper! ;-)

      1. Mike Wazowski said on March 18, 2020 at 8:01 pm

        My local newspaper is digital only. I’ll need to wipe with a tablet or mobile.

  2. o said on March 17, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    This is pretty bad compared to the already functional
    The traditional Microsoft UI doesn’t let you choose the coutry you want to see.

  3. chesscanoe said on March 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Bing shows 101,860 total cases in one place and 190,198 in another place. Arcgis shows 190,535 total cases. I do not know if this comparing apples to oranges, or whether Bing is just behind in its updating.

  4. Guido said on March 17, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Bill Gates patents the virus then creates a tracker….Hmm..

  5. Anonymous said on March 17, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    i like how canada is just one blob in the middle of sask.

  6. TarAndFeather said on March 17, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    The whole frenzy about this flu is a huge scam run by Bilderbergers to push taxpayers’ money into the pockets of big business. The virus itself is a joke (not even worth to be mentioned) and more people will get infected and die by the seasonal flu.

  7. John in Mtl said on March 17, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    I use this site for tracking (Johns Hopkins University):

    And I get aggregate news from here:

    Our local tv signals providers (cable boxes) have unblocked a few of our national (Quebec, Canada) 24-hour news channels so we can keep up.

    Our provincial Premier, Francois Legault, along with his public health ministers, gives a news briefing every day around 1300 hours local time.

    As of yesterday, the province is on semi-quarantine (I don’t use the US term “lockdown”); all schools and non-essential busineses are closed, we cannot visit hospitalised people nor people in old-age & retirement homes. No gatherings of more than 5 to 50 people; restaurants to be filled at only 50% capacity The health minister keeps us appraised of # of cases and hospital statistics & bed/ICU availability. People are urged to stay home for two weeks (me thinks it will be minimum one month), both levels of government are working up plans that will help with lost salaries and reduced customer traffic. The federal government has issued special border control procedures and a list of designated airports where travelers can go as well as forbidding entry to all but US citizens and returning Canadians. All must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days and contact health authorities if they have potential symptoms of infection.

    Not much different than elsewhere in the world. The idea is to “flatten the curve” of infections so the health system can cope with it.

    We are in the northern part of the world, spring is on its way and there is plenty of sunshine and fresh air on most days. It is however, still quite cold at times. I wish it was warmer, I’m an outdoors person and sorely miss the warmth, the leafy trees, the freedom of hiking in the woods; biking around and fooling around on water.

  8. John in Mtl said on March 17, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    … and I forgot to add:

    Fresh air and sunshine are good for you, the covid-19 virus likes neither of those goodies.

  9. Kubrick said on March 17, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    The chinese should change their eating habits.It was only a matter of time until a zoonotic spillover would occur with disastrous results.Large majority of the species brought into chinese wet markets would never meet in the wild and so will not be immune to each other…hope the chinese learn from this.

    1. stefann said on March 18, 2020 at 1:13 am

      @Kubrick :

      Bill Gates Funded the PIRBRIGHT Institute, Which Owns A Patent On Coronavirus; The CDC Owns The Strain Isolated From Humans :

      1. ShintoPlasm said on March 18, 2020 at 9:56 am

        @stefann: Please can we stop with the hysterical conspiracies?

    2. Ipse said on March 18, 2020 at 11:42 am

      If you believe “experts” and that’s a big if as they seem to be wrong more often than right then this is yet another thing caught from bats. It is strange that all of a sudden humans are catching things from them despite being in contact with them for ever. So is there more to it than that, if not then why multiple things in recent years?

  10. BrightEyes said on March 18, 2020 at 12:33 am

    I use to track the virus. I’ve looked at several other sources and find this one to be more up-to-date than any of them.

  11. Peterc said on March 18, 2020 at 2:13 am

    I like *this* site:

    COVID-19 #CoronaVirus Infographic Datapack — Information is Beautiful

    It doesn’t pull in any related general news links, but it does help put the disease in perspective.

    Hey, how about some first-person commentary? My 93-year-old father and I both live in Seattle, and the Greater Seattle Area was the epicenter of the first US outbreak. (We’ve been overtaken by New York in number of officially diagnosed cases since then.) As soon as news of the outbreak and of community transmission came out, my dad flew down to LA (wearing an N95 respirator!) to stay with my sister, where he can be more effectively isolated. My dad remains symptom-free, but one of his colleagues up here subsequently tested positive for SARS-COV-II. That colleague is now on a ventilator in intensive care and is not expected to live. I’ve been sick for around a week and a half with all of the symptoms *except* high fever and pneumonia, so apart from feeling weak, bored, cranky, and stir-crazy, I’m doing okay.

    SIDE NOTE: As a long-time advocate for comprehensive national health insurance and universal paid sick leave, I’ve gotten a *lot* of cynical vindication from watching federal, state, and local government’s utterly inadequate response to the crisis. As Walter Cronkite said of the US healthcare system back in 1990 — in the CBS primetime special “Borderline Medicine,” where he compared it to the Canadian system — “It’s not healthy, it doesn’t care, and it’s not a system.” Well said, Walter. I wish we still had reporters like you instead of PR flacks sandwiched between ads for prescription drugs.

  12. clake said on March 18, 2020 at 3:08 am

    Since the virus is new, there is no natural immunity in the population yet and no vaccine. This leads to greater infectability. The fatality rate is estimated to be at least 10x that of a common flu overall while the hospitals don’t have the capacity to handle the potential numbers of seriously ill people if the disease is allowed to spread unabated.
    The fatality rate increases with age to high levels at 80 years plus. People with some pre-existing conditions at any age also experience high fatality rates.

    1. Ipse said on March 18, 2020 at 11:37 am

      Thanks for repeating what has been said over and over, just incase we didn’t notice the other million times except it’s not “at least 10x” meaning 10 or more it’s less than 10x.

      One thing you didn’t repeat because it hasn’t really been mentioned in the media is that you don’t become immune to a virus that mutate and this already has once. If you did everyone would be immune to the flu now but flu isn’t a single thing it’s multiple strains so we aren’t. In this instance this idea of herd immunity is nonsense.

  13. Anonymous said on March 18, 2020 at 3:34 am

    Stock traders are making a fortune off the paranoia. Some stocks dropped $40 in one day only to rise back up $40 the next.

  14. pHROZEN gHOST said on March 18, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    As I have said many times, MS is focused in to many directions. They are tripping over issues to come up with new things.
    Someone needs to give MS senior management a huge shake.

    Could someone please send these links to MS executive so they don’t have to keep searching with their knarly Badda-boom badda-bing?

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