Google Maps launches colour-coded feature to track areas’ coronavirus cases

Google Maps now shows coronavirus outbreaks in your region using a colour-coded to highlight the number of cases.

The new feature on the app follows other coronavirus-related updates including info on crowdedness, Covid-19 transit alerts and travel restrictions.

Users can tap the 'layers' button on the right hand corner of the map and click on 'Covid-19 info'. A seven-day average of new infections per 100,000 people will appear, as will a label indicating whether the cases are trending up or down.

Colour coding on maps indicates the density of new cases – grey indicates no cases in a given region, yellow represents 1-10 cases, orange is 10-20, dark orange 20-30 and dark red indicating more than 40 cases per 100,000 residents.

Google Maps is rolling out the feature worldwide this week on Android and iOS. Data is visible for all 220 countries and territories Google Maps supports, while it is also available on a more local level.

The figures come from multiple sources, including Johns Hopkins University, the New York Times and Wikipedia, who pull their data from governments, the World Health Organisation and medical centres.

Google Maps product manager Sujoy Banerjee said: "Many of these sources already power Covid case information in Search, and we're expanding this data to Google Maps.

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"Our hope is that these Google Maps feature will help you get where you need to be as safely and efficiently as possible."

In June, Google Maps began including details about public transport routes being impacted by the pandemic.

It also added driving alerts to notify motorists about coronavirus checkpoints and restrictions along their route, including when crossing international borders.

Google Maps now also includes health facilities near users that support Covid-19 testing, with an alert reminding users to verify eligibility and facility guidelines to avoid being turned away "or causing additional strain on the local healthcare system."

In some regions, users can also see which restaurants offer delivery and carry out.

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