Google Maps is all set to provide coronavirus outbreak-related information to its users including crowd information, COVID-19 transit warnings and travel restrictions.
The new feature, COVID Layer, will show the number of coronavirus cases in an area that can help the users decide whether to visit the area/ take that route or not.
“This week, we’re introducing the COVID layer in Maps, a tool that shows critical information about COVID-19 cases in an area so you can make more informed decisions about where to go and what to do,” Sujoy Banerjee, Product Manager, Google Maps said in a blog.
Explaining the sources of information that would be considered to formulate the layer, Google said that the data for the layer has been derived from multiple authoritative sources, John Hopkins, the New York Times, and Wikipedia.
“These sources get data from public health organizations like the World Health Organization, government health ministries, along with state and local health agencies and hospitals. Many of these sources already power COVID case information in Search, and we’re now expanding this data to Google Maps,” the blog read.
When using Google Maps, users can tap on the layers button on the top right-hand corner of the screen and click on “COVID-19 info”. Upon tapping on the COVID Info settings, one can “see a seven-day average of new COVID cases per 100,000 people for the area of the map you’re looking at, and a label that indicates whether the cases are trending up or down.”
It further said that colour coding also helps to easily distinguish the density of new cases in an area. “Trending case data is visible at the country level for all 220 countries and territories that Google Maps supports, along with state or province, county, and city-level data where available.”
The tech giant stated that the feature will be rolled out for Android and iOS users this week.
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