Google has announced a new update to the Google Maps which will bring in a new COVID-19 layer to the service to help users better know the number of cases in the given area. As the pandemic is still on spreading out to many countries and what many fear will be the second wave, Google Maps users can now make use of this feature to see color-coded map on the basis of the number of cases per 100,000 people, along with labels that highlight whether the numbers are moving up or down.

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Google Maps COVID-19 Layer
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All the 220 countries and the territories will have the access to this data that Google Maps supports. Google states that the data comes from several sources, which include The New York TImes, Johns Hopkins and Wikipedia, which receive their information form government and local organizations. This new layer for Google Maps will be made available on iOS and Android this week, so it might take some time for you to see it. Google as of now seems to have no plan on bringing this on Maps on desktop anytime soon.

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