Google Maps’ new feature, called ‘COVID layers’, is the latest in a string of new features designed to make people feel more confident while travelling during the pandemic
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With more than one billion users, Google Maps is without a doubt one of the most popular navigational apps around the world.
Now, Google has introduced a new feature that lets you navigate away from areas with high rates of coronavirus.
The feature, called ‘COVID layers’, is the latest in a string of new features designed to make people feel more confident while travelling during the pandemic.
Sujoy Banerjee, Product Manager at Google Maps, said: “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.”
To use the new feature, simply open the Google Maps app and tap on the layers button on the top right corner of the screen.
Tap on ‘COVID-19 info’, and you’ll see a seven day average of new COVID cases per 100,000 people for the area of the map you’re looking at, as well as a label that indicates whether the cases are trending up or down.
Google has also included colour coding to help you to distinguish the density of new cases in an area.
Mr Banerjee said: “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 data in the feature comes from multiple sources, including Johns Hopkins, the New York Times, and Wikipedia.
Mr Banerjee added: “While getting around is more complicated these days, our hope is that these Google Maps features will help you get where you need to be as safely and efficiently as possible.”
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