Google launches website offering info on coronavirus

Google launches website offering info on coronavirus
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Tech giant Google on Saturday rolled out an anticipated website aimed at educating the public about the coronavirus outbreak.

According to a blog post by the company, the website is "focused on education, prevention and local resources."

"People can find state-based information, safety and prevention tips, search trends related to COVID-19, and further resources for individuals, educators and businesses," the post continued. 

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The website was released in the U.S. on Saturday and the company said that it would be rolled out around the world in multiple languages in the coming days.

Additionally, Google will soon be introducing a new search function when it comes to COVID-19.

"As we continue to see people’s information needs expanding, we’re introducing a more comprehensive experience for COVID-19 in Search, providing easy access to authoritative information from health authorities alongside new data and visualizations," the company said in its blog post.

"This new format organizes the search results page to help people easily navigate information and resources, and it will also make it possible to add more information over time as it becomes available." 

There have been more than 19,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and at least 260 deaths, according to John Hopkins University. California, where Google is headquartered, is currently under a "shelter in place" order.