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US student builds website to track COVID-19 in India

New York: In the midst of the global pandemic, a computer science student from the US, has created a website to help India keep track of COVID-19 infection rates.

Jeremy Philemon has applied his skills in the creation and updating of covid19india.org, a website that aggregates data from every part of the country of 1.35 billion people.

The covid19india.org website presents a “tracker” based on that database of up-to-date numbers entered by hundreds of volunteers. Over the past two months, the website has received more than 1.75 billion page views. Philemon started the website in early March 2020 when India saw a sudden jump in positive COVID-19 cases. He realised there was no central place for residents and officials to find data on infection rates.

He is splitting his education between the Vellore Institute of Technology in India and Binghamton’s Thomas J Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science in the US.

“Each of the 28 states and eight union territories had their separate channels of communication and reporting, each of them with varying degrees of granularity,” said Philemo.

Apart from the ordinary people using it to be aware of the current situation of the country, we’ve had a few states’ task forces also monitoring the website to keep up with their reports,” Philemon said.

“We’ve also had researchers and data analysts working on the dataset to figure out where we might be headed in the coming days,” he said.

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