Live Updates: COVID-19 Cases
  • World 19,804,408
    World
    Confirmed: 19,804,408
    Active: 6,353,636
    Recovered: 12,721,186
    Death: 729,586
  • USA 5,149,723
    USA
    Confirmed: 5,149,723
    Active: 2,346,183
    Recovered: 2,638,470
    Death: 165,070
  • Brazil 3,013,369
    Brazil
    Confirmed: 3,013,369
    Active: 818,533
    Recovered: 2,094,293
    Death: 100,543
  • India 2,152,020
    India
    Confirmed: 2,152,020
    Active: 628,763
    Recovered: 1,479,804
    Death: 43,453
  • Russia 882,347
    Russia
    Confirmed: 882,347
    Active: 177,286
    Recovered: 690,207
    Death: 14,854
  • South Africa 553,188
    South Africa
    Confirmed: 553,188
    Active: 138,410
    Recovered: 404,568
    Death: 10,210
  • Mexico 475,902
    Mexico
    Confirmed: 475,902
    Active: 105,258
    Recovered: 318,638
    Death: 52,006
  • Peru 471,012
    Peru
    Confirmed: 471,012
    Active: 130,997
    Recovered: 319,171
    Death: 20,844
  • Chile 371,023
    Chile
    Confirmed: 371,023
    Active: 16,879
    Recovered: 344,133
    Death: 10,011
  • Spain 361,442
    Spain
    Confirmed: 361,442
    Active: 332,939
    Recovered: ?
    Death: 28,503
  • Iran 324,692
    Iran
    Confirmed: 324,692
    Active: 24,306
    Recovered: 282,122
    Death: 18,264
  • UK 309,763
    UK
    Confirmed: 309,763
    Active: 263,197
    Recovered: ?
    Death: 46,566
  • Saudi Arabia 287,262
    Saudi Arabia
    Confirmed: 287,262
    Active: 33,692
    Recovered: 250,440
    Death: 3,130
  • Pakistan 283,487
    Pakistan
    Confirmed: 283,487
    Active: 17,815
    Recovered: 259,604
    Death: 6,068
  • Bangladesh 255,113
    Bangladesh
    Confirmed: 255,113
    Active: 105,144
    Recovered: 146,604
    Death: 3,365
  • Italy 250,103
    Italy
    Confirmed: 250,103
    Active: 12,953
    Recovered: 201,947
    Death: 35,203
  • Turkey 239,622
    Turkey
    Confirmed: 239,622
    Active: 11,137
    Recovered: 222,656
    Death: 5,829
  • Germany 216,896
    Germany
    Confirmed: 216,896
    Active: 10,235
    Recovered: 197,400
    Death: 9,261
  • France 197,921
    France
    Confirmed: 197,921
    Active: 84,761
    Recovered: 82,836
    Death: 30,324
  • Canada 119,221
    Canada
    Confirmed: 119,221
    Active: 6,679
    Recovered: 103,566
    Death: 8,976
  • China 84,619
    China
    Confirmed: 84,619
    Active: 817
    Recovered: 79,168
    Death: 4,634
  • Netherlands 57,987
    Netherlands
    Confirmed: 57,987
    Active: 51,830
    Recovered: ?
    Death: 6,157
  • Australia 21,084
    Australia
    Confirmed: 21,084
    Active: 9,228
    Recovered: 11,561
    Death: 295
  • S. Korea 14,598
    S. Korea
    Confirmed: 14,598
    Active: 651
    Recovered: 13,642
    Death: 305
  • New Zealand 1,569
    New Zealand
    Confirmed: 1,569
    Active: 23
    Recovered: 1,524
    Death: 22

Users express gratitude to Microsoft Skype team for helping to stay connected in the difficult times

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As the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic rolls on people have found it difficult to stay connected. With governments worldwide insisting on social distancing to control the spread of the virus, people have been left immobilized and caged.

Coronavirus or the so-called COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China in December last year. Within a span of 3 months the virus has affected over 170 countries. More than 340,000 infections have been confirmed worldwide. And the death toll has crossed 15,000.

Amongst the Western Countries, Italy has been devastated. It has reported over 59,000 cases out of which close to 5,500 people have died. The worst part is that the virus is spreading exponentially and is overwhelming the health-care system. Doctors have had to make choices who should get the ventilator.

A great number of people have been stranded in countries affected by the virus. Travel bans are put in place to control the situation. Families have partially been separated. And employees are dependent on technology for utilizing the work from home option.

In these troubled times, technology is assisting to maintain some sort of normalcy in the state of affairs. Of course, this is limited to only the privileged.

Classes have been conducted over gaming platforms like Discord. Some have tried to use the option of Google Hangout as well. More recent platforms like Zoom which provide video conferencing has aided the office employees to work from a remote destination. Likewise Slack is another good option to keep the office running.

Microsoft is providing Teams free to individuals as well as office organizations as part of its commitment during COVID-19. Teams can easily be downloaded and used if one has an email-id. For IT professionals who work in teams Teams come as a part of free Office 365 E1, and the offer remains for 6 months.

To help the education sector and set up classes and administration Teams is available on Office 365 A1. And then, there are great stories from individuals who have expressed their gratitude to technology for helping them stay in touch with their loved ones.

An anonymous Reddit user thanked Microsoft and the Skype team for keeping Italy connected during the quarantine. The user claims that he uses Skype daily to see his family and for his work. He is a private tutor. The availability of free communication apps like Skype (replaced by Teams) and the above-mentioned apps is to be commended.

As each passing day seems to grow more difficult technology has proved its usefulness and advantages in hard times. With health-workers giving their all and world-wide governments trying their best to control the situation let’s hope we remain connected in this endeavor. Technology is there to help and assist, as it was meant to be.

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