Planet Desk | 08 April 2020 | 9:12 pm
People around the world now more frequently search for information on novel coronavirus online as the virus has been wrecking havocs globally, infecting more than 14 lacks and killing over 82k. To facilitate people’s search for latest on the virus, a 17-year-old American high school student Avi Schiffmann has developed the world’s biggest coronavirus tracker ‘nCoV2019.live’
The site provides information nonstop on the ever changing figures of confirmed cases, deaths and recoveries caused by the deadly virus across the globe.
Mercer Island in Seattle,Washington resident Avi is a self-taught coder. This young boy launched his website, dedicated on novel coronavirus, in late December last year when the novel coronavirus cases were reported only in mainland China particularly in Wuhan, the capital city of central Hubei province.
The website has since garnered huge response from across the world as it’s been now been visited over 350 million times.
Proud American youth Avi usually harvest information on the virus from the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control CDC to put up on his site.
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The inspiration behind the development of the site : Initially, it was very for people to get enough and authentic information on the virus as they were mainly dependent on the Chinese government website for that. This fact has pushed Avi Schiffmann into the thinking of creating his own tracker as the boy said, ‘when I started this website, there were less than 1,000 total cases, they were all in the Wuhan area of China, and there was a lot of misinformation spreading. So I decided it would be cool to create a website and make it a central hub of information,’ report Democracy Now.
On top of that, the site features maps and information on the virus, officially known as Covid-19, with the option of subscribing to a newsletter that gives daily updates. Source : Express Tribune, Pakistan