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Google Maps introduces tool showing COVID-19 information in an area

Google Maps has launched a tool showing information on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in an area.

Based on data from "multiple authoritative sources" such as John Hopkins University, the COVID-19 layer shows the seven-day average of new cases per 100,000 people.

It also includes a label indicating whether the trend of infection in area is upward or downward, and uses color coding to mark the density of new cases.

"While getting around is more complicated these days, Google Maps features hope to help people get where they need to be as safely and efficiently as possible," Google said in a press release.

The tech giant said the trending case data is accessible for all 220 countries and territories supported by Maps, as well as province and city-level data depending on availability.

Google said the COVID-19 layer is now being rolled out worldwide in both Android and iOS. —MGP, GMA News