Google Maps to show COVID-19 reports in your area

COVID layers
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Google announced the COVID layer feature which will roll out on Android and iOS soon.

The corona crisis isn’t stopping. We expected lockdowns worldwide will help in reducing the cases over 4-6 months, but it hasn’t gone in that direction. Cases are still on rise. Lockdown is still there, every country is struggling to find a solution. Google has also given its contribution now, with the new COVID layer feature.

This new feature will be embedded in the layers option. Users will be able to see 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. All they have to do is open Google maps and tap the layers buttton on right hand corner of the screen and click on the “covid-19 info”.

Google will collect the data for the covid-19 cases in a particular area from different sources which will include Johns Hopkins, the New York Times, and Wikipedia. Google will also add some colour coding feature to distinguish the density of cases in each area.

This feature won’t be accessible to specific regions. It is available across all 220 countries and territories.

Great addition by Google maps. They also recently announced adding earthquake detector notification. That is, for now, available only in the silicon valley, but soon it will spread across the whole world.

Google will roll out the new feature in its latest update this week on both Android and iOS this week.

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