Google unveils Maps, Search and YouTube features In India To Help People Combat Coronavirus


Since the coronavirus outbreak, Google has to give all its best efforts to help the government and people fight against the novel coronavirus. Earlier before, the tech giant launched a dedicated website to spread coronavirus information in the UK, and now, Google has made available that website in India. 

In addition to that, the search giant has also tweaked its search engine and YouTube to prominently display authoritative information and locally relevant details about the pandemic from the nation’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the company said on Monday.

Apart from this, Google has also updated Google Maps to show more than 1,500 food and night shelters in about three dozen cities in India to guide people to the right place at the time of this pandemic. Since last month, millions of daily-wage workers across the country started migrating to their home towns as they lost their job during the ongoing lockdown in the country. And so, Google is trying its best to provide the essential information to guide them to the right place.

People can also find these locations by also asking Google Assistant about “food shelters,” for instance, in English and Hindi. Google Assistant can help people get important information in their regional language. The tech giant has also captured how traffic and movement across public places such as parks, transit stations, and grocery stores have changed in the country in recent weeks to give a better insight to the government in decision making. 

On Maps, Google has also introduced Nearby Spot on Maps to help people in the nation find local stores that are providing essential items such as groceries. YouTube and Search are showing consolidated information including the top news stories, links to MoHFW resources, and other authoritative content on symptoms, prevention, and treatments, Google said.

In addition to that, YouTube has also launched a ‘Coronavirus News Shelf,’ featured at the top of the homepage, that provides the latest news from authoritative media outlets regarding the outbreak. These steps helped a lot in the country to get genuine details and help at this hard time. It has also simplified the way for the government to get required stats of ongoing pandemic. 

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