Google Search, Assistant, Maps now show Covid-19 testing centers near you

Google’s latest feature is available in English, Hindi and other seven Indian languages. Here are more details.

Now find COVID-19 testing centers on Google Search, Assistant, and Maps
Now find COVID-19 testing centers on Google Search, Assistant, and Maps (MINT_PRINT)

Users can now find information on Covid-19 testing centers near them through Google Search, Google Assistant, and Google Maps.

Google has partnered with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and MyGov to provide the information on authorized testing centers. The feature is currently available in English and eight Indian languages including Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Gujarati, and Marathi.

Users will now see a new “Testing” tab on the search result page when they’re making a coronavirus-related search on Google Search and Google Assistant. The tab will feature a list of testing labs nearby. It will also have other related information and guidance before getting started for the test.

Google adds new features
Google adds new features (Google)

On Google Maps, you can look for the testing labs by entering keywords such as "coronavirus testing" or "covid testing". The results will have a link to Google search for the government-mandated requirements, said Google in a release.

Google adds a new feature for users
Google adds a new feature for users (Google)

Google said that the Search, Assistant, and Maps currently feature 700 testing labs across 300 cities. The company promised it will soon add more testing labs in the future.

“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 company added.

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