Internet search giant
has announced that it has started showing Covid-19 testing centres on three of its platforms —
, Assistant, and Maps — in India.
This was announced by the Google India Twitter account where it was revealed that the company is working in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and
Working closely with @ICMRDELHI & @mygovindia, Google Maps, Google Assistant and Search are now beginning to surfac… https://t.co/kf3mi8eNmT— Google India (@GoogleIndia) 1591934400000
In a blog post, Jayant Baliga, product manager,
revealed that the company has till now integrated 700 testing labs on Search, Assistant, and Maps spanning more than 300 cities. The search results are available in English and eight Indian languages -- Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, and Gujarati.
The blog also details that when a user will make any search related to coronavirus, the search results will include a dedicated tab labelled ‘Testing’ on the page. This section will include a list of nearby testing labs along with essential information and guidance that is required to use these services.
These are requirements that are mandated by the government that include doctor’s prescription, calling national or state helplines before heading out to get tested, testing restrictions.
On Google Maps, search results related to “Covid 19 testing” or “coronavirus testing” will show a list of nearby testing labs with the links to Google Search for the aforementioned government-mandated requirements.
On its blog, Google urges users should check out the testing eligibility before visiting any of these centres. This can be accessed by tapping on the ‘Learn more’ links that lead to authoritative information from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India. “While this experience is designed to help people find authorized testing centers near them, it's important to follow the recommended guidelines that help determine testing eligibility before visiting,” said Google.