Google Maps now shows COVID-19 cases in the area where you are

Google Maps has been updated with a new feature that allows you to view declared coronavirus cases in the area you're in, or at your destination. Update your mobile to access it.

Google continues to add new features to its apps, so users can be better informed about the pandemic.

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Today it has released a new layer called Info Covid-19 on Google Maps. If we activate it shows us the cases of Covid-19 declared that there is near your location or the place of the world you want to consult.

Simply tap on the layers icon in the upper-right corner of the Google Maps for iOS or Android version screen. Next to the traditional layers of traffic, public transport, bicycle, etc., we will see a new icon called Covid-19 Info. Pressing it will show, in different colors, whether we are in an area with few or many cases of coronavirus, and the trend of the last days (if they go up or down):

The information included covers the average number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the last 7 days, in the area you indicate.

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The information can be consulted at the country, region, city or population level, or even neighborhood if they have this data.

Google ensures that it does not use personal data under any circumstances. All published information comes from proven public agencies, such as the World Health Organization, governments, Johns Hopkins, the New York Times, and Wikipedia.

Although in its blog the company ensures that the information will appear in the 220 countries where Google Maps is available, it is not currently displayed in the Spanish app, even though it has been updated today.

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It'll probably be available in the next few hours. Google mentioned the iOS and Android app, but it doesn't indicate whether this Covid-19 info layer will also appear in the web version of Google Maps.

A tool that can be of great help to take extra precautions if you visit areas with a high number of contagions, or to choose a route to walk or do sport.

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