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Google adds Covid-19 related travel planning features

Google has added Covid-19 related travel planning features in its search.

In order to assist tourists who are starting to travel again as lockdown restrictions ease, Google has updated its search settings to help travellers find refundable hotels, information on local resources and Covid-19 case numbers for the area of travel.

Google said in a blog post: "When you visit google.com/travel and tap on a trip you're planning, or search for hotels and things to do, you'll now see trendlines for hotel and flight availability. Links to additional local resources, including the number of COVID-19 cases, are provided as well.

"Due to the uncertainty around COVID-19, people often want flexibility when making travel plans. Many hotels and vacation rentals now offer free cancellation to give travelers more confidence when planning trips. Search for a hotel, and later this month a vacation rental, on google.com/travel and filter to see only rooms or properties with free cancellation policies. Tap on a specific listing to see more details."

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