Google Maps locates and maps areas of Covid-19 cases

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Google Maps locates and maps areas of Covid-19 cases







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Google Maps is on track for the coronavirus. The US giant Google’s mapping site and application will now be able to reveal on its maps, viewed by users, the areas of Covid-19 infection.

“When you open Google Maps (…), click on the tab to the right on ‘Covid-19 Information’ and you will see the rate per 100,000 inhabitants of Covid cases over an average of seven days in the area of the map you’re looking at, “Google said in a blog on Thursday.

On the map of a neighborhood or a destination that he visits, the Internet user can also see if the cases tend to increase. A color coding will identify the density of cases ranging from gray (less than one case) to red (between 30 and 40 cases), then dark red (more than 40 cases per 100,000) through yellow and orange.

Google, which claims to be able to offer this mapping information in 122 countries, indicates that it draws its information for the United States, in particular from John Hopkins University, which is the benchmark for counting cases of infection.

Google Maps also says it draws its information from the New York Times and Wikipedia. The data will also be based on the update of the health situation established by WHO, public authorities and local institutions.

Over a billion users

“Over a billion people are turning to Google Maps for essential information on how to get from place to place, especially during the pandemic when health concerns come to the fore,” writes Sujoy Banerjee, director product at Google Maps.

“This week, therefore, we are introducing a new feature to Maps, a tool that reveals vital information about Covid-19 cases in an area, so you can make informed decisions on where you want to go and what to do,” a added the manager.

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