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Google Maps Testing New Feature to show Info on Beds, Medical Oxygen

“Since this would be user-generated content,” Google said, “it will be necessary to check the authenticity of the material before using it.” Google is testing a new tool that allows users to inquire for and exchange local knowledge on the availability of hospital beds and medical oxygen in select cities, using the Q&A function in Maps.

“Since this would be user-generated content and not from approved sources,” Google said, “it will be necessary to check the authenticity and freshness of the material before using it.” “We’re also sharing the coordinates of over 23,000 vaccine centres worldwide, in English and eight Indian languages, in addition to showing 2,500 research centres on Search and Maps,” it said.

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Google announced on Monday that its internal donation drive has raised over $4.6 million (Rs 33 crore) to date for nonprofit organisations in India that are assisting the vulnerable during the deadly second COVID-19 surge.

GiveIndia, Charities Aid Foundation India, GOONJ, and United Way of Mumbai are among the nonprofits participating in the initiative. Google revealed last month that it would contribute Rs 135 crore ($18 million) to help India obtain critical medical services, such as oxygen and research equipment.

Google Maps Testing New Feature to show Info on Beds, Medical Oxygen

The contribution includes two grants totaling Rs 20 crore from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm. According to the brand, it is showing definitive knowledge on vaccines, avoiding the spread of COVID-19, and evidence from experts on COVID-19 treatment in a series of playlists on YouTube.

Searches for the COVID-19 vaccine turn up key data like side effects, efficacy, and registry records, while treatment-related queries bring up ministry services. It is surfacing credible material on vaccination, stopping the dissemination of COVID-19, and evidence from authorities on COVID-19 treatment on YouTube in a series of playlists.

Google said that in addition to displaying the positions of 2,500 research centres on Search and Maps, it is also displaying the locations of over 23,000 vaccination centres around the country in English and eight Indian languages.

The company said it has been raising funds for non-profit organisations such as GiveIndia, Charities Help Foundation India, GOONJ, and United Way of Mumbai through an internal donation drive. To date, this movement has raised over USD 4.6 million (approximately Rs 33 crore), and it continues to raise much-needed funds for relief efforts.

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Google has also launched a COVID Aid initiative on Google Pay, from which people can donate to COVID relief organisations such as GiveIndia, Charities Aid Foundation, Goonj, Save the Children, Seeds, UNICEF India (National NGOs), and United Way.

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