Now find COVID-19 Testing Centers on Google Search, Assistant, and Maps: Here’s How
Users can now find authorized COVID-19 tests nearby on Google Search, Assistant, and Maps.
Google will help users find the COVID-19 test center, the company announced today. It is adding a new feature on Google Search, Google Assistant, and Google Maps, allowing users to get information from nearby authorized COVID-19 testing centers. The facility is available in English and eight other languages including Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, and Gujarati. COVID-19 related features on various Google apps. This feature is being rolled out for both Android and iOS devices.
How does the COVID-19 features work on these google Apps?
Working closely with @ICMRDELHI & @mygovindia, Google Maps, Google Assistant and Search are now beginning to surface testing centres in Hindi, English & 7 regional languages. Before going to a testing centre, call the Govt. of India helpline – 1075 & get a doctor’s prescription. pic.twitter.com/VOichzCLH9
— Google India (@GoogleIndia) June 12, 2020
Users will be able to find information about authorized COVID-19 testing centers on these Google apps by simply searching them with keywords such as “coronavirus testing,” “coveted 19 testing,” or “COVID testing.”
When searching for COVID-19 test centers on Google Assistant, users will be able to see the ‘Testing’ tab on the search results page – providing a list of nearby testing labs along with the necessary information and guidance before using their services. The tab also displays the latest Coronavirus-related news and updates below.
Similarly, Google Search and Google Maps show similar results about the test centers near them, however, it is not displayed under a specific tab, but only as a regular search result. In particular, users of all three apps will be able to test whether the testing center is a private institution or run by the government.
Finally, there is also a “Learn more” option next to the search result where users can get more information from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
Google also said in a tweet that the company is working closely with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and MyGov to inform users of authorized testing laboratories. Currently, Google has integrated more than 700 testing laboratories on search, assistant and map spread across 300 cities. Google has worked with authorities to identify and connect more testing laboratories located across the country.
Google added a COVID-19 warning card to a Google Assistant snapshot in April that essentially provided information about outbreaks of coronavirus viruses. The central government and state governments have also tried to thwart attempts to find information related to COVID-19 with an app like Arogya Setu.