Google on Thursday brought in a feature that enables users to see containment zones on Google Maps. The feature has been brought about in Mumbai, as of now, and will expand to other cities in India soon.
To check the containment zones, which will be marked in a grey shade on Google Maps, users should follow these steps:
— Update the Google Maps app
— Tap on the layers button on the top right of the app
— Select COVID-19 info
— Zoom in or Zoom out as required
The demarcated zones will be displayed via a shaded grey area. Google is working with Mumbai’s local municipal corporation body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to source information and to update the data on Google Maps.
Google launched the COVID-19 info layer in September which enables users to also access state-level COVID-19 statistics. When a user zooms out to view an entire state, this new layer overlays the number of new COVID-19 cases (a 7-day average) indicated per 100,000 users and the trend in the number of cases in that state. This feature will cover all Indian states and is also available in several other regions globally.
Google noted that it is continuously working with multiple central and state government authorities to make authentic information easily accessible to its users across different Google products. “We look forward to collaborating with more cities and extending the containment zones feature for them,” Google said in an official release.