Apple Maps will show COVID-19 testing locations soon

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The new coronavirus is spreading rapidly throughout the world. Companies are now looking for a viable solution to curtail the spread of this deadly virus. On Friday, Apple and Google announced a partnership regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The two American companies will cooperate to provide tools to help track the spread of the new coronavirus. Now, a new report shows that Apple Maps will soon show the testing locations for COVID-19 in the U.S. America (the U.S.) is one of the worse hit countries in the world with almost 500,000 cases and over 18,000 deaths.

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Apple Maps will soon show details of COVID-19 test sites in the US

According to reports, Apple Maps will show specific information of the detection location. As of today, Apple already has a portal for hospitals, healthcare providers and other companies to register as COVID-19 test sites. The Apple Maps team will review the application. After approval, the location will appear on Apple Maps.

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The test location will have a red medical sign symbol icon as well as a special “COVID-19 test location” card. Apple Maps will provide information on the names of the test sites, relevant medical institutions, contact numbers, and websites. It will also reveal other information like the types of test sites (hospitals, laboratories), traffic situation, parking, and building conditions.

In addition, Apple also requires the applicant institution to indicate whether the test site requires a doctor referral or appointment. As of now, the report only mentions the U.S., however, this is a feature that will help other regions if available. 

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As mentioned earlier, we reported yesterday that Apple and Google announced a partnership on Friday. The two companies will work together to provide tools to help track the spread of the new coronavirus. Apple said the two companies will launch developer tools (APIs) in May to “make the public health department’s applications (Apps) interoperable between Android and iOS devices.” These apps will be launched in the iTunes App Store and Google Play store.

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