Google is updating its free mapping service this week with color-coding, which maps areas affected by the Covit-19 lawsuit, the search company said in a post-blog post on Thursday.
The new “Govit-19” option will enhance maps by tapping on the top corner of a screen in the Layers feature, which uses the latest 7-day cases per 100,000 people in the viewed areas.
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According to Sujoy Banerjee, product manager of the map, it notifies users whether the number of Covit-19 cases is going up or down at a particular location.
The tool “provides important information about the Govt-19 cases in one area so you can make more informed decisions about where to go and what to do,” Banerjee said.
Banerjee said the data used in the Govt layer comes from sources including the Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Hospital, the New York Times and Wikipedia, which receive information from public health organizations such as the World Health Organization and government health ministries.
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The California-based company said this week that CovitLayer will be released worldwide in versions of the graphical app designed for mobile devices powered by Apple or Google-backed Android software.
Google Maps already had infection-related tools such as notifying users when they were in public traffic jams.
“Although getting around these days is very complicated, we hope that these Google Maps features will help you get to the place where you need to be as safe and efficient as possible,” Banerjee said.