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Alphabet shares surge 9% after Trump praises Google for coronavirus website – Source Reuters Tech News

(Reuters) – Shares of Google parent Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) closed up more than 9% after U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday the search giant would create a website to help determine whether individuals need a coronavirus test or not.

Ambassador Debbie Birx, the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, displays the new testing protocols being deployed for coronavirus after U.S. President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

“I want to thank Google. Google is helping to develop a website, it’s gonna be very quickly done, unlike websites of the past, to determine whether a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location…,” Trump said.

“Google has 1,700 engineers working on this right now, made tremendous progress.”

Vice President Mike Pence said the launch date of the website would…

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