Nearby Spot will be launched by google pay in Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai Pune, and Delhi in the upcoming weeks. Google also launched the COVID-19 Spot on google pay that highlights all relevant information regarding COVID-19 from reliable official sources. Additionally, this feature also helps people make contributions to the PM- Cares fund and other NGOs that are functioning to provide relief in areas affected by the coronavirus. As per the latest figures, up to Rs. 105 crore has been collected under PM-Cares fund through google pay.
According to a statement by Google, they have taken extraordinary measures to curb the spread of false information regarding the pandemic. They further added- “YouTube has also launched a Coronavirus News Shelf on the YouTube Homepage, which provides the latest news from authoritative media outlets regarding the outbreak.” Youtube is also putting down videos that allow misinformation to be spread amongst the public.
Last week, Google had launched the COVID-19 website in India, which provides details and lives on the spread of COVID-19. It is currently available in English, Hindi, and Marathi and will be available in other languages soon.
Other than the newly launched nearby Spot, other google services such as Google Maps and Google Assistance also provides users information about the nearest food and night shelters around them. For this, Google has collaborated with the health ministry to help easy identification of the government provided shelters across India.