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Google has added a new COVID-19 layer to Google Maps. Here’s what it does

The color-coded map is based on cases per 100,000 people.

In this Aug. 8, 2018, file photo, a mobile phone displays a user’s travels using Google Maps in New York. Google attracted concern about its continuous surveillance of users after The Associated Press reported that it was tracking people’s movements whether they like it or not.
In this Aug. 8, 2018, file photo, a mobile phone displays a user’s travels using Google Maps in New York. Google attracted concern about its continuous surveillance of users after The Associated Press reported that it was tracking people’s movements whether they like it or not.
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Google announced recently that it has added a new COVID-19 layer to Google Maps to help people understand the number of cases in any given area.

  • The new feature shows a color-coded map, which is based on cases per 100,000 people.
  • The map will tell people if cases are trending upward or downward in the area, too.
  • This new feature becomes available in 220 different countries and territories.

Key quote

  • “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. The COVID layer starts rolling out worldwide on Android and iOS this week.” — Sujoy Banerjee, product manager, Google Maps

The scope

Google will even share data down to the city level, using data from Johns Hopkins, The New York Times and Wikipedia. This is the same data that shows on Google’s pages for COVID-19 cases, according to Tech Crunch.

The new tech will be available throughout the week.