Google Maps will stipulate from this week the number of Covid-19 cases in an area. The evolution of the pandemic may therefore become one more variable to take into account before establishing its route. The feature will be available for the 220 countries and territories already supported by Maps.
Color codes according to the density of cases
Just click on “Covid-19 Information” at the top right of the screen. An average of the new cases over the last seven days per 10,000 people is then displayed for the area of the map you have selected. Google is able to refine the numbers in the United States to state or province, county, and even city in some cases. A label also specifies whether the trend is up or down. Finally, a color code determines the density of new cases in the area.
If Google specified its sources for the United States, it did not indicate them for the rest of the world. But this is, a priori, data from public health organizations.
Other features of Google Maps had already proved useful in the context of the health crisis, such as crowds or Covid checkpoints in cars. It also warns you of possible pandemic difficulties to plan on your journey. Google Maps claims more than a billion users.
Source: Google maps