Google has now added new features that will help users find
government-authorized facilities for COVID-19 testing in their locality. These
new features have been rolled out for Google Search, Google Assistant, and
> Working closely with @ICMRDELHI
[https://twitter.com/ICMRDELHI?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw] & @mygovindia
[https://twitter.com/mygovindia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw], 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.
? Google India (@GoogleIndia) June 12, 2020
[https://twitter.com/GoogleIndia/status/1271291135688716288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw] Previously, Google has also added features like?Map Alerts for commute
hold-ups?and?locations of Night-stay shelters?to help people during COVID-19
lockdown. Now, the internet giant is making it easier to find testing facilities
via its platforms.
When users run any query related to COVID-19 on Google Search, they will have
access to a ?Testing? tab on the search results. In the Testing tab, users can
find locations of the nearest testing labs along with other important
information and guidance provided by the Indian Council of Medical Research
(ICMR) and citizen engagement platform, MyGov.
The information includes details of the testing facilities such as if they are
private or government-owned, testing restrictions and more. The info even lists
the requirements for testing like doctor?s prescription and the government
helpline numbers for COVID-19.
On Google Maps, running queries with keywords like ?COVID testing? and
?coronavirus testing? will show users a list of nearby testing labs. Currently,
Google has included over 700 testing labs from 300 cities but there are plans to
identify and add more testing labs across the country.
Users can find all this information on Google Search, Maps and Assitant in
either Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, and Gujarati.
Additionally, users can find authoritative information from the Ministry of
Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) by clicking on the ?Learn More? link that is
shown on Google Search, Maps and Assitant.