One can now locate nearby authorized COVID-19 testing centers using Google Maps, Assistant, and Search.
Google will help its users find the information on nearby COVID-19 test centers by using Google Assistant, Search, and Maps application. The company also announced that this feature is available in English and other languages which include: Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada. To provide users the latest information on COVID test centers and keep them up to date, Google is working with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and MyGov. The Company has been working to provide the latest information regarding the testing labs in the major cities of the country. The feature is available to both Android and iOS users.
While it is affirmed that testing centre details and location will be shown by Google, it should be kept in mind that one cannot just walk into any test centre for testing. It is mandatory to have the doctor’s referral with you and also the testing of covid is limited to certain patients only who exhibit the early symptoms of the disease. To get the approval for the test, one will have to call the Government Helpline number: 1075 and get the doctor’s prescription. Only with the valid prescription will the patient be allowed for testing in the authorised testing centre.
As of now, Google has integrated with over 700 testing labs in more than 300 cities of the country. The company is in a constant push to add more cities under their search and help citizens locate the authorized testing center as close to them as possible. Earlier, Google released a feature that helped users determine test eligibility. It also mentions all the guidelines that need to be followed before visiting the testing lab. Technology has been serving as a helping hand in combating the disease. Most people are likely to be unaware of if they were not using the Smartphone. Yet in this current situation, the Smartphone and Internet have helped a lot of people in fighting against the disease. Google, on similar grounds, came ahead and served a great help by updating its apps and searching criteria which will further help anyone in India to search a nearby COVID testing lab which is authorized. Google will also show the results of the search whether the testing centre is government-owned or private.
Along with the announcement of the latest feature, Google tweeted from its official account and said that they are working closely with ICMR and MyGovIndia and Google Maps, Google Search and Google Assistant are now beginning to surface the testing centers in Hindi, English and other 7 regional languages in India.
Here is how you can look for a testing center on Google Apps.
- Users can find information related to nearest COVID testing labs by simply typing the keywords such as “coronavirus testing” or “COVID testing” on these Google Apps. Just type these keywords on the Google search bar, it is the easiest way of finding the testing lab near you.
- In other cases, if you are using Google Assistant then you will find a “TESTING” tab on the search result page that will consist of the information regarding testing centers near you along with the major key points and guidance needed for using the services.
- If you are using Google Maps to locate COVID testing centers then type in the keywords like “COVID testing” or “coronavirus testing” and you will see a list generated with all the names of nearby testing labs along with a dedicated link to look in for government-oriented guidelines which are mandatory to follow if you want to get a COVID test done. Further, a user will be able to see the information regarding the testing lab that whether it is a government-owned organization or it is run privately.
The results page also consists of other tabs like “Health info”, “News”, “Statistics” and more related to the coronavirus disease information.
Meanwhile, Google is also providing information to its users to avoid crowded places. It came up with the latest features that help the user to maintain social distancing in public places and avoid crowded places as far as possible. Google provides you with data about how crowded the public transport is and what are the alternative routes to avoid the crowd as the lockdown has been lifted by certain states. It shows you the live data of the specific place or the station and compares it with the regular statistics of the place whether the place is safe or it is crowded than the usual days. It will be available to both the platforms i.e. Android and iOS users. The countries like Netherlands, Mexico, India, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, France, Brazil, Spain, Thailand, UK, and The US will be the early ones to get access to these features upgraded by Google.
Here’s how you can know the information:
- Search for a station in Google Maps.
- Tap on the station on the Maps to see the related information and the “Busyness” data of the station.
In April, Google added the Covid-19 alert card on the Google Assistant snapshot that essentially provided information on the coronavirus outbreak in different countries of the world. Talking about India, the central and state governments have also put up a lot of effort and are being actively working on tackling the situation and with this view, India also launched its ArogyaSetu App which provided Covid-19 related information to the citizens within the country.
Recently, Google also announced the addition of the new features to its Maps services to help users know about the Covid-19 travel restrictions and help them plan their trips accordingly with all the necessary safety measures being kept in mind. The added features included the following: Transit Alerts, Medical Facility Alerts, and more. To keep these features updated the company is collecting data from local, state, and federal governments of the countries. Google is actively working in developing its search engine to be able to help and generate the necessary information regarding the disease and assist its users in every possible way.
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