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Google Maps new feature shows number of Covid-19 cases in your area

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Google is all set to roll out a new feature that shows users the number of Covid-19 cases in their vicinity. 

This new feature will help people avoid areas with the most cases of the virus. 

Last September 23, Sujoy Banerjee, Product Manager of Google Maps, said users will be able to access the data layer through a new top right-hand corner tab ‘Covid1- info’. 

A color-coded map will be present on the screens of users based on the number of cases per 100,000 people. It will also indicate whether cases are increasing or decreasing. 

Below is how the coding works: 

Grey – Less than 1 case

Yellow – 1 to 10 cases

Orange – 10 to 20 cases 

Dark Orange – 20 to 30 cases 

Red – 30 to 40 cases 

Dark Red – 40 and above cases 

To provide accurate data, Google Maps will information from John Hopkins, The New York Times, and Wikipedia. These organizations get their information from local and intergovernmental organizations. 

The new feature is expected to roll out for both Android and iOS phones this week. 

Ryan Namia
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