Google in collaboration with Stanford University has launched a global COVID-19 map to provide media tools to embed up-to-date visualizations of the pandemic in media earlier this year and now extended to throughout the world.
The ‘COVID-19 Global Case Mapper’ allows local reporters to embed a map of their area showing cases and analytics with comparison to the entire local population. “It’s colored by numbers of cases per 100,000 people over the past 14 days and shows you the severity of outbreak by the number of people in each location,” said Simon Rogers, Data Editor, Google News Lab.
Available for nearly 200 countries, the map is accessible in more than 80 languages worldwide. The data is from the New York Times’ open COVID-19 county dataset and the COVID-19 Data Repository by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University and is updated daily.
Stanford University’s Big Local News and Pitch Interactive has launched the new global map originally with support from the Google News Initiative (GNI). “More in-depth, country-level data will be added over time as the map is developed further and as journalists around the world use it to explain how the pandemic has spread,” Rogers said in a statement.
The overall number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed the 20 million mark, while the deaths have increased to over 734,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.