Google data shows how Pakistanis are conforming to lockdown rules

  • Google data shows how Pakistanis are conforming to lockdown rules

Google data shows how Pakistanis are conforming to lockdown rules

The data currently shows there's been a 77% drop in mobility in India in retail and recreation locations right now, while grocery and pharmaceutical locations have seen a drop of 65%. The report is based on location data from millions of peoples' phones running Google's Android operating system.

The report shows the number of visits to parks appears to spike during the weekends.

The worldwide tech giant says it will compile aggregated and anonymized data to chart movement trends at retail and recreation spaces, groceries, pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces and residential areas.

Only three places in Canada, two provinces and one territory, are either above or the same as the national average when it comes to a drop in retail and recreation mobility.

Explaining why they've released the data, Google said: "Google prepared this report to help you and public health officials understand responses to social distancing guidance related to COVID-19".

Most people are avoiding public places or venturing out in these times to adhere to the concept of social distancing. The category included mobility trends for places such as restuarants, cafes, shopping centres, theme parks, museums, libraries and cinemas.

Moreover, people are also avoiding public transport as has been advised under safety precautions.

The has been a drop of 74% to what are described as "transit stations" which includes bus stops and train stations.

The data is compiled for 131 countries and regions to highlight movement trends over time.

Additionally, Google states that it is collecting and providing the data while following strict privacy guidelines. At the same time, it shows that residential areas saw a 12 percent uptick in activity, suggesting shelter-in-place policies are having an effect. In New York state, for instance, COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports shows a 62% drop in visits to retail and recreation destinations from February 16 to March 29.

Visits to homes and parks both only dropped by 14 per cent, while visits to grocery stores dropped by 33 per cent.

Australia begun restricting public movement last week to combat the spread of COVID-19, and is considering even more stringent rules to reduce people moving about.

Like the detection of traffic jams or traffic measurement by Google Maps, the new reports will use "aggregated, anonymised" data from users who have activated their location history.

Data in Google's reports come from users who enabled Google's "Location History" feature on their devices.