Google Maps now shows current coronavirus outbreaks in your area

Google Maps now shows coronavirus outbreaks in your region and appears to have ignored North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's claims of having zero cases.

The feature shows seven-day averages of new infections per 100,000 people and whether it's going up or not.

Users can turn it on by tapping the "layers" button on the right hand corner of the map and clicking on "Covid-19 info".

The colour-coded map has been rolled out on Android and iOS smartphones as part of a string coronavirus-related updates.

They include info on crowdedness, Covid-19 transit alerts and travel restrictions, the Bradford Telegraph & Argus reported.

Its colour coding goes from grey to dark red with grey meaning a region has no cases, yellow 1-10 and dark red more than 40 cases per 100,000 residents.

The tech company says trending data is down to state, country and city-level where available in 220 countries and territories.

North Korea is not included and it's only broken down to nation states within the UK – flagging Northern Ireland as the worst at 30.4 cases and rising.

England is next at 18.1 followed by Wales at 14.8 and Scotland on 13.9 – with the country average on 16.7.

Google says the figures come from multiple sources – including Johns Hopkins, Wikipedia, and the New York Times – that are in turn pulling data from medical centers, state and local governments, and the World Health Organization.

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"Many of these sources already power Covid case information in Search, and we're now expanding this data to Google Maps," said Google Maps product manager Sujoy Banerjee in a blog post.

"Our hope is that these Google Maps features will help you get where you need to be as safely and efficiently as possible."

In June, Google Maps began including details about public transit routes being impacted by the pandemic.

It also added driving alerts to notify motorists about Covid-19 checkpoints and restrictions along their route, including when crossing international borders.

Google Maps now also includes health facilities near users that support Covid-19 testing, with an alert reminding users to verify eligibility and facility guidelines to avoid being turned away "or causing additional strain on the local healthcare system".

In some regions, users can also see which restaurants offer delivery and carry out.

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