Google Maps to show locations of Covid-19 food and night she
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As the lives of people across villages, towns and cities have been disrupted due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with livelihood and transportation being severely hit, many labourers who shifted from villages to town in search of better lives started walking back to their homes. Considering their plight, Google has included a new feature in Maps, Search as well as Google Assistant to indicate the food shelters and night shelters across India.

Google is working closely with state and central government authorities to surface the locations of these relief centres. To date, across 30 cities, people can now find these locations on Google Maps, Search and Google Assistant.

Users can search for 'Food shelters in <city name>' or 'Night shelters in <city name>' in any of these Google products.

The service will also be made available in Hindi soon, the statement said. Google is working to bring this service to other Indian languages over the coming weeks, as well as adding additional shelters in more cities across the country.

Google India Senior Programme Manager Anal Ghosh said, "As the COVID-19 situation develops, we are making a concerted effort to build solutions that help people during these times of need. Highlighting the locations of food and night shelters on Google Maps is a step to make this information easily available to the users in need, and ensure they can avail the food and shelter services being provided by the government authorities."

"With the help of volunteers, NGOs, and traffic authorities, we hope to convey this important information to the affected people, many of whom may not have access to a smartphone or mobile device during this time."

Source: https://www.financialexpress.com/industry/technology/coronavirus-outbreak-location-of-food-night-shelters-now-available-on-google-maps/1920453/
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