Google is one of the biggest tech giants in the world and has made some of the most used apps in our daily lives such as Google Maps, Google Chrome, Google Translator, Google Drive and the list could go on and on. By the use of its location tracking app, Google is proving how these services can be helpful when the whole globe is facing this situation.
In the lockdown, people are languishing as the governments and other authorities across the globe have asked the people to also practise social distancing. Everyone is advised to stay indoors and only go out when it is absolutely necessary.
Now, the US-based tech giant has developed a dedicated platform where it shared the mobility of its users amind the COVID-19 pandemic.
By using the mapping services, Google is gathering information on the different places people are visiting during the spread of this dealy virus and is doing so on a country to country bases. Google is calling this the “COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports”.
Google says that these reports will help better understand the changes in travel habits of people after the governments issued self-isolation or a complete lockdown. These reports are charting the movement trends over time by geography, across different categories of places.
The places include retail and recreating, parks, workplaces, groceries and pharmacies, residential, and transit stations.
Google said that this will help the public health officials around the globe to make critical decisions in regards to the novel Coronavirus by making use of this data.
Let us check the travel data released for India during the COVID-19 outbreak as per the official report shared by Google.
COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports: India
On the 24th of March, India went under a lockdown for 21 days, however, this mobility data shows the movement between 16th February and 29th March, let us see how Coronavirus affected us.
Retail and Recreation: The mobility trends for places such as restaurants, cafes, shopping centres, theme parks, museums, libraries, and movie theatres saw a decline of 77%
Grocery and Pharmacy: Mobility trends for places like grocery markets, food warehouses, farmers markets, speciality food shops, drug stores, and pharmacies saw a decline of 65%
Parks: Mobility trends for places like national parks, public beaches, marinas, dog parks, plazas, and public gardens saw a decline of 57%
Transit stations: Mobility trends for places like public transport hubs such as subway, bus, and train stations saw a decline of 71%
Workplaces: Mobility trends for places of work saw a decline of 47%Residential: The only place where Mobility trends saw an increase. It increased by 22%