Apple CEO Tim Cook has shared that his company will be helping those impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Apple will be donating to institutions that are assisting on the ground.
According to The Guardian, the death toll in China due to Wuhan coronavirus has risen to 106. The capital of Beijing has also seen its first fatality due to the outbreak.
There are also more than 4.500 confirmed cases in the country, with nearly 1,000 patients in critical condition. Furthermore, there have been confirmed cases in several countries across the world with Germany and Sri Lanka the latest to report patients.
Cook took the opportunity to use the Lunar New Year as an event to highlight his firm’s charitable gesture. Billions of Chinese citizens will be celebrating the occasion. However, it will be a struggling and worrying time for thousands in the nation.
Tim Cook shared on Twitter:
“As people in China and around the world celebrate the Lunar New Year, we send our love and support to the many impacted by the Coronavirus. Apple will be donating to groups on the ground helping support all of those affected.”
Meanwhile, other tech businesses are also doing their bit to support the fight against Wuhan coronavirus. VentureBeat reports that Chinese telecom equipment provider ZTE has released a remote 5G diagnosis and treatment system between West China Hospital and the Chengdu Public Health Clinic Center of Sichuan University.
This caused the first 5G remote diagnosis of coronavirus pneumonia. Now, the firm will expand the service to Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus.
China didn’t initially shy away from the adoption of 5G technology like many of its counterparts did. Additionally, it has embraced other modern innovations such as AI and biometrics. This forward-thinking approach may prove to be crucial to help combat outbreaks such as this within the country.
If the situation gets worse on United States soil, the country’s own tech giants may naturally be more inclined to put their heads together for a solution. The Washington Post reports that Facebook, Twitter, and Google have already scrambled to stop misinformation being spread about the virus.
Along with this, video game publisher Ndemic Creations was forced to announce that its game Plague Inc. should not be used as a tool for medical advice against coronavirus. It urged concerned people to refer to the World Health Organization and other medical bodies for further information.
Altogether, while the virus still spreads, any support will go a long way. Hopefully, technology firms will be able to come up with further initiatives to combat the outbreak. Our thoughts remain with those affected by the outbreak across the globe.
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