Google, whose services are used by more than half a billion people in India, will add information to them that will help the authorities of the country and its residents cope with the coronavirus pandemic. In the country, 350-400 thousand COVID-19 infections are recorded every day.
Google said it has implemented several updates to its Search, Maps, YouTube and Google Pay services in India. They will now display authoritative and reliable information about the coronavirus. So residents will be able to find out data on the number of infections, as well as quickly find vaccination centers and hospitals.
A Google search that has been offering updated information on the virus for over a year now also displays dashboards with data on the number of vaccines in India and highlights the Indian government’s official vaccine website at the top of the page.
Search and Maps, which showed 2,500 testing centers in India, now similarly show the location of over 23,000 vaccination centers across the country in English and Indian. The company said it is working with India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to obtain this information.
Google updates appeared due to the fact that in India more than 350-400 thousand cases of infection and more than 3.5 deaths from COVID-19 are registered daily. The country’s health infrastructure is struggling to cope with patient care – beds and medical supplies have run out. On May 1, India opened vaccinations for people between the ages of 18 and 45, but many people were unable to register on the government website and make an appointment to receive the vaccine. Part of the population simply did not know about vaccination.
In recent weeks, dozens of firms, startups, entrepreneurs and investors have taken to filling this gap. And Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp have become platforms for the exchange of official information.