- Nov 30, 2015
The coronavirus has spread to 181 countries around the world, and it
The virus has effectively shut down all sporting leagues around the world, major gatherings including tech events and music festivals, and closed down restaurants and malls. It also put a major dent in the airline industry, and is causing panic-buying across the globe, leading to severe food shortages.
The coronavirus has also had a huge impact on the tech industry, affecting the global supply chain and causing interminable product delays. Here's the latest on the coronavirus and how it's affecting not only the tech industry, but also the world at large.
April 7, 2020: Microsoft asks all U.S. employees to work from home 'until further notice'
- Microsoft is now urging
- Amazon has announced that it is
- School districts around the U.S. have started banning Zoom after security issues were found in the videoconferencing service. The New York public school system is
- COVID-19 cases surged over the weekend, with 101,500 new confirmed infections over the last 24 hours. The U.S. alone recorded one-third of those cases, with the country seeing 33,300 new infections.
- COVID-19 hit an unwelcome milestone, as global cases ticked over the one million mark. With a staggering 80,600 new cases registered globally, the total number of infected now stand at 1,015,709. Total recovered is 211,049, and the virus has claimed 53,069 lives.
- The U.S. is now the country with the most number of COVID-19 infections, with 245,540 confirmed cases and 6,053 fatalities. The U.S. recorded 30,200 new cases in the last 24 hours, but what's truly astonishing is that the country still isn't in a nationwide lockdown.
- COVID-19 continue to rise globally, with another 75,100 new cases registered over the last 24 hours. Over 25,200 cases were registered in the U.S. alone, with the country seeing a huge spike over the last seven days.
- Google is
- Amazon said a few weeks ago that it planned to hire 100,000 new workers for its warehouses to meet the rising demand in orders. The retailer now announced that it
- Microsoft is
- COVID-19 cases saw another huge spike over the last 24 hours, with 76,400 new cases registered. The U.S. recorded 26,400 new cases in a single day. With 190,000 cases, the U.S. has nearly double the number of confirmed cases as Italy.
- The United Nations has announced that the coronavirus pandemic will lead to
- Bill Gates has
- Global COVID-19 cases continue to rise as countries test aggressively, with 62,200 cases registered over the last 24 hours. Over 20,900 cases are from the U.S. alone, with the country now seeing over 166,000 infections. The death toll for the U.S. has crossed 3,000.
- The CDC is reviewing its guidelines
- Masks continue to be in woefully short supply, with Ford announcing that it is working with 3M and GE
- Sony is
- In a statement, U.S. president Donald Trump stated that the
- New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has warned that the city will run out of medical supplies, including ventilators, in a week's time.
- There have been another 59,400 COVID-19 cases around the globe in the last 24 hours, with 19,400 in just the U.S.
- UK predicts that it may be another six months before
- Russia announced a lockdown in parts of the country to prevent the virus from spreading.
- Mexico is also enforcing a lockdown of its 130 million residents for a month starting this week.
- A staggering 67,400 new COVID-19 cases were registered globally over the last 24 hours, making it the largest one-day increase yet. Governments around the world are enforcing out strict measures to control the spread of the virus.
- COVID-19 cases surged over the last 24 hours as countries ramp up their testing efforts. There have been a total of 61,900 new cases, with 19,800 coming from the U.S. alone. The U.S. now has more COVID-19 cases than any other country, with New York alone recording 3,101 new cases and 365 fatalities.
- Airbnb is asking 100,000 hosts to
- COVID-19 cases see another huge uptick, with nearly 50,000 new infections in the last 24 hours. The virus has now claimed over 21,000 lives, with confirmed cases rising to 472,000.
- The U.S. Senate has
- The U.S. government also set aside $350 billion in loans to small businesses, and $500 billion for a government lending program.
- Global COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed in the last two days, with over 40,000 new cases in just the last 24 hours alone. Over 423,650 are now affected by the virus, with 18,900 deaths.
- The White House and U.S. senators came to an agreement
- It's official: the
- The Indian government
- Warehouse workers in at least six Amazon fulfillment centers
- Facebook and Google stand
- WhatsApp is partnering with the WHO to create a new Health Alert service. It's aimed at sharing information on the latest numbers on covid-19 as well as tips to prevent spread and answers to FAQs. The service originally started in South Africa but is now going global.
- Facebook is looking to
- Snapchat is
- Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, and Google are
- Verizon has announced that it is
- Amazon says it
- There was a huge uptick in the number of coronavirus cases globally, with the virus now affecting 343,000 and claiming over 14,500 lives. Those numbers have
- Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced that the company will
- Best Buy is
- After refusing to shut its stores last week, GameStop has announced that it will be
- The CDC has released a new
- Non-essential Amazon orders in March
- T-Mobile is offering users
- At the EU's urging, Netflix has
- YouTube has
- The FCC has signed off on U.S. carriers
- Amazon is
- Google I/O 2020 is
- Now an information hotspot, Twitter is focusing on
- We got more details on the U.S. government's $1 trillion stimulus package. The Trump administration has asked Congress for an
- An Amazon warehouse worker in Queens, New York has
- Google is
- Samsung has mentioned that it is
- Waymo is also
- The U.S. government is readying a
- The U.S. is also closing its border with Canada
- Google was set to conduct an online-only version of its
- Major tech companies — including the likes of Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit — are
- Verily's coronavirus testing site
- Mint Mobile is providing all customers with
- Uber is
- Verily's coronavirus testing website is
- Google was
- Google, for its part, is
- Today, the White House National Security Council
- Security researchers
- Microsoft's annual developer event
- Amazon is asking over
- Formula 1 and the FIA have decided to
- IPVanish has launched
- Google warns that customers needing to access support
- Google and the U.S. government
- Twitter has ordered
- In an unprecedented move, the U.S. has
- The NBA has
- The World Health Organization
- Samsung is now offering
- Owing to the "alarming levels of spread and severity" of the outbreak, the World Health Organisation has officially
- One of the gaming industry's biggest events won't be taking place this year. E3 has been
- Google is now recommending that all of its North American staff
- The Mountain View giant has now
- Phone shipments in China have taken a massive hit in February because of the coronavirus outbreak.
- Huawei will now unveil the P40 series in an
- Major tech companies took a massive hit as the
- The U.S. now has over 500 cases of COVID-19, with 21 confirmed deaths. Major tech companies — including Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook — are encouraging their employees to work from home to limit the spread of the outbreak.
- Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter have also committed to
- Stanford University, University of Washington, Seattle University and Northeastern University's Seattle campus have all switched to online-only classes for the rest of the semester.
The best resource for real-time information on COVID-19 infection rates globally is the dashboard maintained by the
You also get a city-wise breakdown of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. The dashboard plugs into several data sources, including the World Health Organisation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, China's National Health Commission, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and local government data. You can also head to the WHO and CDC to know more about the virus and how you can stay safe:
COVID-19 has caused several cancellations, including Mobile World Congress, the largest mobile-related event in the world. With the rising risk of infection and restrictions on global travel, most brands are rescheduling, canceling, or switching to virtual events to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
- E3 2020 (June 9 - 11): The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)
- Coachella (April 10 - 19): Coachella has
- SXSW 2020 (March 13 - 22)::
- Game Developers Conference (GDC): Originally scheduled to run from March 16 to 20, the event has been postponed to a date later in the summer. We don't have details on dates just yet, but will update once we hear more.
- Mobile World Congress (February 24 - 27): The biggest mobile-related event of the year was one of the first to be canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak. With major brands like Intel, LG, Ericsson, Vivo, and others pulling out, GSMA had to pull the plug on this year's installment of MWC.
A lot of tech events are still going on as planned, but will now be held online to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. That includes Google's annual I/O, where the tech giant usually showcases its latest software efforts. These are the events that will now be conducted over the internet:
- Google Cloud Next (April 6 - 8): Google is now
- Microsoft Build (May 19 - 21): Micorosoft's biggest annual event will
- Huawei P40 unveil: Huawei initially planned to unveil the P40 and P40 Pro at an
- Microsoft MVP Global Summit (March 16 - 19): Microsoft's yearly summit gives the company's MVPs the ability to connect and take part in technical discussions at Microsoft's Redmond campus. This
- NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC): NVIDIA is all set to serve up details on its next-gen video cards, so there's a lot of excitement
- Adobe Summit: Every year, Adobe brings its customers and partners to Las Vegas and shares insights on its latest products. This year's installment of Adobe Summit
- Facebook F8 (May 5 - 6): Facebook pulled the plug on its
- Google I/O (May 12 - 14): Google's
The coronavirus effectively
The real effect of the coronavirus will be felt in the coming weeks as components run into shortages. Although companies like Samsung don't rely on China for manufacturing anymore, the individual components that go into your phone are still manufactured predominantly in the country. We'll be monitoring the situation closely, but for now there have not been any major product delays because of the virus.
COVID-19's effect on the tech industry