Google announced this Wednesday that it will include in its maps and location application, Google Maps, where are the covid-19 outbreaks that occur around the world, with information on the number of cases.
The new functionality will be added this week for operating system users Android e iOS as an extra layer on top of the maps that users can select using the “Covid-19 info” button in the “Layers” drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the screen.
The information that will be displayed will be the average of the last seven days of covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for the area of the map that is being viewed, as well as a label that will indicate if the trend in new cases is upward. or down.
The option will be available for the 220 countries and territories available on Google Maps, and there will be data at the provincial or state, county and municipal levels, wherever they exist and are public.
Decisions of where to go
According to Google Maps Product Manager Sujoy Banerjee, the goal is to help “make better informed decisions about where to go and what to do,” as well as get to those destinations “in the safest and most efficient way possible.”
The data to offer this information comes from multiple sources, including Johns Hopkins University, the newspaper ‘The New York Times’, and the virtual encyclopedia Wikipedia, which in turn collect official data from health entities such as the World Health Organization, the various ministries of health and hospitals around the world.
The announcement comes with only a week left until next Wednesday, September 30, Google presents its new Pixel smartphone models and the latest version of its Chromecast audiovisual playback device.
With regard to phones, the new features are expected to be the Pixel 4a 5G, that is, a version of the 4a model already available on the market but with compatibility with the very high-speed 5G network, and the Pixel 5, a mobile totally new called to be the successor of the Pixel 4 presented in 2019.