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Google Shows 80% Drop in Public Transport During Lockdown

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In case you've forgotten that Google knows everything about us. they've released a report to show how people are moving around less as countries across the world are subjected to various degrees of lockdown.  South African is one of the countries that was included in the report, which showed an 80% drop in traffic on public transport since the start of the lockdown.

In case you've forgotten that Google knows everything about us. they've released a report to show how people are moving around less as countries across the world are subjected to various degrees of lockdown.  South African is one of the countries that was included in the report, which showed an 80% drop in traffic on public transport since the start of the lockdown.

Google prepared the report in the hope of assisting public health officials in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. The report shows the percentage change of movement compared to the average of the previous two weeks.

Movement to restaurants, cafes, shopping centres and movie theatres was down 79% since the lockdown. Viewing the graph shows that there was a spike of activity, probably as people went shopping in a hurry to get stocked up before the lockdown - even though the President urged the public not to 'panic buy'.

Pharmacies are still open during the lockdown so they only showed a 60% drop in activity. Workplaces showed a 49% drop in activity - probably as many businesses were classified as essential services and alloed to remain operating.

As is to be expected, mobility trends for places residence rose 24% since the lockdown as South Africans heeded the call to stay at home.

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE GOOGLE REPORT FOR SOUTH AFRICA

Because the Google reports are international they do show some good news for countries that successfully implement lockdowns. In South Korea movement to shopping centres is only down 19% and movement to parks is actually up 51% as restrictions are slowly lifted.

 

 

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