You can now check for Covid-19 hotspots in Google Maps

Alonzo Simpson
September 28, 2020

They'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.

The Covid layer in Google Maps will start rolling out worldwide on Android and iOS this week.

The colour coding also helps you easily distinguish the density of new cases in an area.

The layer is created to help people "make more informed decisions about where to go and what to do", wrote Sujoy Banerjee, a Google Maps project manager.

Further, according to Google, the data that is shown is collected by sources from various Public Health Organizations like WHO, Government Health ministries along with state agencies and hospitals.

Google announced the update in a blog posting on the matter. The map will then show the latest 7-day average of cases per 100,000 people in areas being viewed.

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The all-new Google Maps aims to help people navigate through the "new normal" that now still has restrictions and limitations when it comes to traveling from one place to another. Once you get the update, you'll be able to use the new feature.

The search engine over the years has been adding to the features of the Google Maps service.

By now, it is imperative that COVID-19 is here to stay for long. Some of the legit sources include John Hopkins, the New York Times, and Wikipedia.

Other than this, in June, Google Maps rolled out an update that alerts commuters on a public transit route if that particular route was affected by various COVID-19 check-in points. The Layers button is available on the top right corner of the app and under its drop-down menu, a layer called "COVID-19 Info" will be available.

"While navigation has become a lot more complicated these days, we hope these Google Maps features will help you get to where you want to be, as safely and efficiently as possible", Banerjee said. This attribute would be enabled in Google Maps for all the 220 countries or territories, together with state or province, county and city, that it supports.

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