Google to help U.S. govt tackle coronavirus outbreak

San Francisco: Tech giant Google has announced that that it is working with the U.S. government to develop a nationwide website that would help Americans with questions about coronavirus symptoms, risk factors and testing.

In a statement, Google Communications & Public Affairs team tweeted, “We are developing a tool to help triage individuals for Covid-19 testing. Verily is in the early stages of development, and planning to roll testing out in the Bay Area, with the hope of expanding more broadly over time.”

“We appreciate the support of government officials and industry partners and thank the Google engineers who have volunteered to be part of this effort,” the statement added.

U.S authorities have been under pressure for their response to the virus threat. US media and public have urged the government to increase and improve testing for the fast-spreading virus, which has reached almost every U.S. state, closed schools and forced the cancellation of thousands of sporting events, conferences and concerts amid efforts to stop its spread by keeping Americans out of big crowds.

Moreover, U.S government has declared an ‘emergency’ to deal with coronavirus pandemic, the president’s emergency declaration should open up to US$ 50 billion in funding, new testing facilities, and new partnerships with private companies to provide testing services.