- Tram Ho
As the number of COVID-19 infections worldwide is growing at a dizzying pace, a number of countries have adopted social isolation, or even blockade, to restrict people from going out. . In order to give the clearest view on the effectiveness of the above measures, Google has recently published data collected directly from mobile devices of users in 131 countries with COVID-19 outbreak.
These are Google-based statistics based on data from users who have enabled Location History on Google Map. When this feature is turned on, Google Map automatically records all user movements, thereby determining which places are crowded. Data recorded from February 16 to March 29, 2020.
By the end of March, the places for dining, entertainment, shopping as well as public places like parks and flower gardens were much less crowded than in mid-February.
According to data collected by Googe, the number of Vietnamese visiting restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, museums, libraries and cinemas by the end of March decreased by 52% compared to February 16. . Meanwhile, the number of people going to grocery stores, supermarkets and drug stores at this time also decreased by 29% compared to mid-February. In particular, the number of people going to bus stations also decreased to 49%; the number of people going to public places like parks also decreased by 33%.
The Live Traffic feature of Google Map shows the traffic situation of Hanoi during the COVID-19 season, with green colors showing the clear streets leading the way.
In the context of the complicated COVID-19 epidemic, many businesses have allowed employees to be allowed to work from home, clearly showing a 20% reduction in the number of people working, as noted by Google. Notably, Google data also showed a 16% increase in the number of people at home. This number increased gradually from the middle of February to the end of March, showing that Vietnamese people were really restricted to public places. Of course, these figures will drop sharply from April 1 to April 15 – a time when the nation will perform 'social isolation' under the direction of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
The deserted scene in a street in the capital Hanoi during the 15-day period of 'social isolation'
In the US – the country with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world, the number of people going to restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, museums, libraries and cinemas by March 29 decreased by 47%. compared to February 16, 2020.
However, this index only started to decrease in the middle of March onwards, when the number of infections in the US continued to increase. When the state governments began taking some travel restrictions, the number of people using public transportation was much less, with a 51% reduction from February 16. Meanwhile, the number of people working also decreased by 38%, while the number of people staying at home increased by 12% compared to the middle of February.
Only when the number of cases increased sharply did Americans begin to restrict going out
In Italy – the country with the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 in the world as of April 6, 2020, the people of this country are almost at home and restricted to the road. Compared to February 16, the number of people going to eating places and entertainment places decreased by 94%. The percentage of people buying food and medicine at drugstores, supermarkets or grocery stores also decreased by 85%. Although the country is still enforcing a blockade, the number of people working in Italy is only about 63% lower, meaning that about 37% of people still work every day.
Currently, readers can download and view these Google data at https://www.google.com/covid19/mobility/
Source : Genk