Google has announced it is making changes to its Google Search, Google Assistant, and Google Maps platforms to enable users find real-time Covid-19 test centres around them.
Amidst plethora of updates pushed out by the Cupertino-based company, this means users can now search COVID-19 testing centres on Google Search, Google Assistant and Google Maps.
This feature however is still in it’s infancy for global support as Google recently just joined hands with the Indian Council of Medical Research and MyGov to provide the details of authorised testing labs to Indian Google service users.
Announcing the latest feature, Google tweeted from its official account and said, “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.”
The feature is accessible in English and other regional languages including Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, and Gujarati.
Here’s how to COVID-19 testing centers on Google Apps
While every other Google service user gets recommendation from Google for any Covid-19 keyword, they Big “G” has however developed a custom search results for Indians.
- The easiest way to look for a testing centre is to simply type COVID testing or “Coronavirus testing”, or “COVID testing” enter on Google Search bar.
- If you’re using Google Assistant, you will find a “Testing” tab on the search results page which would provide a list of COVID testing centre near you along with key information and guidance needed before using their services.
- For Google Maps, a search for keywords like “COVID testing” or “coronavirus testing” will reveal a list of nearby testing labs along with a link to Google Search for the government-mandated requirements.
Users, who are active on all the three Google apps, will be able to check whether the testing centre is run by a private entity or it is government-owned.
There is also a Learn More tab next to search results find authoritative information from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India.
As per the statement issued by Google, the company has integrated 700 testing labs on Search, Assistant, and Maps across 300 cities. “Google is working with authorities to identify and add more testing labs located across the country and reiterates that it is important to follow the recommended guidelines that help determine testing eligibility before visiting,” the statement read.
When could we see a Global Integration?
Though the new Google Covid-19 test centre feature is still in it’s infancy, we can no more applaud what is a smart move by Google to help the cause of the global pandemic.
No news on any imminent worldwide support but, we just cannot wait to have it rolled out to the Global World soonest.