Google uses location data in 131 countries to show if lockdowns are working

Google uses location data in 131 countries to show if lockdowns are working

Google has published reports for 131 countries showing whether visits to shops, parks, transit stations and workplaces fell in March, under coronavirus lockdowns imposed by governments, Reuters reports.
It analysed location data from billions of phones to help health authorities assess if people are abiding with shelter-in-place and similar orders issued across the world.

Its reports show charts that compare traffic from Feb. 16 to March 29 at subway, train and bus stations, grocery stores and other broad categories of places with a five-week period earlier this year.
The coronavirus has infected more than 1 million people globally and has killed 52,000.

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