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You can now see coronavirus hotspots on Google Maps

Google is updating its free mapping service this week with color-coding that maps out areas infected with Covid-19 cases, the search giant said in a blog post Thursday.

Tapping the new “Covid-19” option in a layers feature in a top corner of a screen will enhance maps using the latest 7-day average of cases per 100,000 people in areas being viewed, it said.

A label will also let users know whether the number of Covid-19 cases in a particular spot is trending up or down, according to Maps product manager Sujoy Banerjee.

The tool is meant to provide “critical information about Covid-19 cases in an area so you can make more informed decisions about where to go and what to do,” Banerjee said.

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