Google is working alongside the Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR) and MyGov to inform the people about the testing labs this new feature is available in English — Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, and Gujarati — and eight other languages in India.  As users search for keywords such as “COVID testing” or “coronavirus testing,” they can see a list of nearby testing laboratories on Google Maps, with a link to Google Search for the government-mandated criteria.

People keep visiting Google to check for vaccine statistics, travel advisories, and prevention tips. Google’s SOS Alert in Search gives users up-to-date data, plus safety tips and links to more reliable information from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Google had previously announced it will launch new features related to Covid-19 in several countries. Now in India, the firm has started rolling out one of those apps. The software company is collaborating with the Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR) and MyGov to help it’s users find test centers for Covid-19.

Google is introducing a new test tab to its search related to Covid-19. If a user searches for any information concerning Covid-19 on Google Search, a test tab will now be displayed in the dedicated Covid-19 section. This tab provides the location close to the user of the listed test centers. It also displays key information and instructions needed before using their services, along with the venue.

The listing also shows what the government-mandated requirements include, calling the national or state aid lines before heading out to get tested, carrying a doctor’s prescription (referral required), testing restrictions (testing is limited to certain patients), and whether the laboratory is government- or private-run. 

When the user enters keywords like “COVID 19 testing” or “coronavirus testing,” Google Maps will also display local research centers. The listing will be combined with a link to the government-approved criteria for Google Search. Tapping the ‘Learn More’ link leads to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) for more information.

The quest currently has more than 700 testing laboratories listed on Search, Assistant, and Maps covering more than 300 cities, the company says. Google has said they will continue to work with ICMR and add more laboratories nationwide. Currently, the new feature is available in English, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, and Gujarati.

Google’s role in the fight against coronavirus

Google is providing the WHO and government agencies with $25 million in donated ad credit and will provide more if a need arises throughout the year. Google.org and Googlers have contributed over $1 million to help relief projects targeted at organizations seeking to buy medical equipment, provide food and housing to emergency staff, fund temporary hospital construction, and assist with long-term recovery projects.

Google uses the homepage on YouTube to direct users to the WHO or other authoritative organizations of local significance and donates an ad inventory to governments and NGOs in affected regions for use in education and information. Google Cloud continues to partner with federal, state, and local governments to help them communicate with residents and travelers returning from impacted areas. Google Cloud, for example, partnered with the government in Singapore to introduce a Chabot on their website that helps answer the most popular questions from people. We’re also partnering with governments across the globe through our Google Ad Grants crisis relief program to help them spread credible public knowledge about COVID-19.

On YouTube, instead of seeking medical treatment, Google is working to quickly remove any content that claims to prevent coronavirus. It blocks all ads on the coronavirus on Google Ads and has blocked thousands of ads over the past six weeks. Often, Google helps WHO and governmental agencies handle PSA advertising. Google Play also prevents developers from capitalizing on sensitive incidents, and our long-standing content policies explicitly forbid applications that contain deceptive or potentially harmful medical or health-related material or functionalities.