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Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc has surged in the stock markets as Trump announces the technology giant is creating a website to help determine if an individual needs testing for coronavirus or not.

Shares in Alphabet shot up by 9 per cent after the US Presidents thanked Google during his “national emergency” declaration press conference.

In the past, Trump has repeatedly accused Google of skewing its search results to portray him negatively. The company also attracted frustration from the Trump administration for not renewing a contract to provide its artificial intelligence technologies for a military drone program.

Google last year re-organized its healthcare-related initiatives, aiming to increase the quality of results when people search for information about symptoms, diseases and personal health issues. It has hired dozens of healthcare experts for the new efforts.

The company has typically relied on data from Mayo Clinic, but in the case of the coronavirus, it has highlighted information from the World Health Organization for search results.


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