Apple News gets new coronavirus special coverage section

Apple News gets new coronavirus special coverage section

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It's now a little bit easier to keep track.
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It’s now easier to keep track of the latest COVID-19 developments with Apple News. The service on Wednesday added a new coronavirus special coverage section dedicated to providing readers with updates on the outbreak.

The latest figures reveal there are now more than 119,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide. The death toll has reached almost 4,300. There’s no sign of the outbreak slowing down, despite escalating efforts to contain it.

It’s only natural, then, that everyone wants to know exactly what’s going on. So Apple News has become a one-stop shop for coronavirus updates.

Read the latest on COVID-19 with Apple News

A new coronavirus special coverage section provides readers with the latest news from a number of Apple News’ biggest sources, including CNN, Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

The section includes images that detail how the virus is spread, and how many people it has affected worldwide. It also offers useful resources from authorities like the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The coronavirus special coverage section seems exclusive to readers in the U.S. for now. Cult of Mac team members in Europe are unable to access it — despite its larger impact in Italy, France, Spain, and Germany.

The new section is similar to that Apple offers for presidential elections and other high-profile events.

Coronavirus and Apple

The update comes a day after Apple confirmed one of its employees in Cork, Ireland, has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Apple started deep cleaning its offices on Tuesday and asked some workers to stay at home.

Elsewhere, the ongoing epidemic has forced Apple to close stores and cancel retail events like “Today at Apple.” It has also impacted Apple’s manufacturing partners throughout Asia, including Foxconn.

Cult of Mac reported on Tuesday that Apple has indefinitely postponed a March event that would have seen the launch of a second-generation iPhone SE and other new hardware.

It’s not yet clear what Apple’s plans are for the Worldwide Developers Conference, which usually takes place every June.