Google Maps coronavirus layer: How to get data on COVID-19 outbreaks in your area

Google Maps coronavirus layer: How to get data on COVID-19 outbreaks in your area

09/24/2020

Launched in 2005, the web mapping service developed by Google has revolutionised how we see the world. Arguably the most innovative element to the app is the way it enables an augmented view of your surroundings.

The latest Google Maps feature now allows users to easily learn the extent of coronavirus outbreaks in their location.

The tweak to the popular service will be released in the coming days on Android and Apple iOS.

Google Maps will breakdown the week-long average of new infections of the killer pandemic, which experts now believe has killed almost one million people around the world.

The cutting-edge technology will also include a label stating cases are on the cases.

How to use Google Maps coronavirus layer:

To access the new information, begin by simply up Google Maps.

Now tap the layers button, which is easily found the screen’s top-right hand corner.

Next, click on COVID-19 badge to activate the coronavirus layer on top of the map.

Google Map users will then be presented an array of coloured codes on the map reflective of the density of coronavirus cases.

Grey means there confirmed no cases and yellow means one to 10 cases per 100,000 residents.

The colour orange equates to 10 to 20, darker orange means 20 to 30 cases, while red represents 30 to 40 and dark red will indicates a minimum of 40 confirmed incidents.

The Google Maps COVID-19 update will be available in 220 countries.

The tech giant said in a statement how the update will can incorporate state, county and city-level data, by harnessing data from numerous sources.

Sujoy Banerjee, a product manager at Google Maps, said: “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.”

This is only the latest in a line of coronavirus features added to Google Maps this year.

June saw Google Maps include a feature to send alerts to smartphones to reduce overcrowding on public transport.

And the times and live busyness feature is also handy for users planning trips.

Today, Thursday September 24 also marks when the England and Wales government launched a coronavirus contact tracing app across England and Wales.

Dido Harding, Executive Chair of England’s NHS Test and Trace Programme, said: “We want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to engage with England’s NHS Test and Trace service.

“The NHS COVID-19 app enables the majority of people with a smartphone to find out if they are at risk of having caught the virus and need to self isolate, order a test if they have symptoms, and access the right guidance and advice.

“The features of this app, including QR code check-in at venues, work alongside our traditional contact tracing service and will help us to reach more people quickly in their communities to prevent further spread of the virus.”

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