Coronavirus: Google launches SOS alert with WHO

New Delhi: With WHO announcing Coronavirus as a global public health emergency, Google is doing its bit to direct users about safety tips, situation updates, resources and info about the virus.

Google announced this joint effort with WHO on its Twitter handle on Friday.

“Today we launched an SOS Alert with @WHO, to make resources about #coronavirus easily accessible. When people search for related info on @Google, they’ll find the alert atop results page with direct access to safety tips, info, resources & Twitter updates from WHO,” tweeted Google.

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The company has also donated 250,000 dollars through its charitable arm, google.org to the Chinese branch of Red Cross to aid Coronavirus relief work. An internal campaign has also been launched inviting Googlers to donate. So far google.org and Googlers have donated $800K USD.

Google confirmed on Wednesday that it is temporarily shutting down all its offices in China due to the Coronavirus outbreak. This affects all Google offices present in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The number of deaths in China from the new coronavirus reached 213 today, with overall cases worldwide rising rapidly. About 100 cases have been reported in at least 18 other countries with no deaths outside china reported news agency Reuters.

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