Google Maps now has COVID layer for safer navigation

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 24, 2020

Worth highlighting is that this is the very first 10.51 version, and while no changelog has been originally provided, Google itself has just announced a new feature that would be enabled for all users starting this week. Now, Google is adding a layer that will display COVID-19 outbreak data.

"You'll then 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", Sujoy Banerjee, Product Manager, Google Maps, said in a statement on Wednesday.

To help people access more accurate information on the KNOWN areas now affected by COVID-19 Google Maps has worked with data providers to introduce new COVID-19 data layers to Google Maps on Android and iOS.

Google Maps now has COVID layer for safer navigation
Google Maps now has COVID layer for safer navigation

The data is available for all 220 countries and territories Google Maps supports, with detailed info on states, provinces, counties, and cities, where available.

The world - post the lockdowns and containment zones - may not be as reliant on Google Maps as it was at the start of the year but that hasn't stopped the tech giant from rolling out new features. Data for Google maps is sourced from multiple authoritative sources, including Johns Hopkins, the New York Times, and surprisingly Wikipedia.

The areas will also be color-coded for your convenience so you can tell them at a glance. These sources, in turn, get data from public health organizations, including the World Health Organization. Many of these sources already power COVID case information in Search, and Google is now expanding this data to Google Maps.

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