is working with
the Indian Council of Medical Research
(ICMR) and MyGov to provide users with information on authorised testing labs across major cities in India. While the testing centre details and location will be shown by Google, note that you just cannot walk into any centre for testing. A doctor’s referral is required to get tested and also COVID-19 tests are limited to certain patients as per Google. For more information about a particular testing centre, Google recommends that you call 1075 helpline and verify information about the testing centre before visiting. Google will also show whether a testing centre is privately owned or government owned.
To search for the nearest COVID-19 authorised testing centre:
-Type “coronavirus testing” on
or speak to Google Assistant
-There’s a new tab called ‘Testing’ on the search results page providing a list of nearby testing labs
, you can also search for keywords like “covid testing” or “coronavirus testing” to see a list of nearby testing labs. There is also a link to Google Search for the government-mandated requirements.
Information about authorised COVID-19 testing facilities is available in English and in eight Indian languages -- Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, and Gujarati.
Meanwhile, Google has rolled out a new feature to help you avoid crowded places and maintain social distancing in public transport as cities lift lockdown caused due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s how to get information about crowdedness:
-Tap to see the Directions of a place on Google Maps
-Tap through to see the Transit Details
-Scroll down to find crowdedness predictions
-You can also contribute your own crowdedness experience
Google will also provide you with data as to how crowded a station is usually and you can also get live data showing how busy it is right now compared to its usual level of activity. Here’s how to know this information:
-Search for a station in Google Maps
-Tap on the station on the map to see the departure board and “busyness data”.