Google location data shows slump in trips to offices and shopping centres

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As we reported yesterday, Google has published reports for over a hundred countries showing whether visits to shops, recreational parks and workplaces dropped last month, when many governments issued stay-at-home orders to stymie the spread of coronavirus. 

Here is a list of countries in alphabetical order, including some of the most impacted:

Australia

Visits to retail and recreation locations, including restaurants, shopping centres and cinemas, fell 45%. Trips to groceries and pharmacies fell 19%. Visits to office workplaces fell by a third.The Australian Federal government along with the state administrations have been talking tough. Several states have given police the power to impose fines and even prison terms on anybody found breaching strict social-distancing rules.

Brazil

Retail and recreational trips dropped by some 71%. Visits to grocery and pharmacies visits fell 35%, and visits to office workplaces declined 34%. The Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has urged the nations states to relax their strict quarantine policies, clashing with the health minister, who has advised maximum social distancing throughout the population.

Canada

Visits to retail and recreation sites fell by 59%. Visits to grocery and pharmacies fell by 35%, and those to office workplaces dropped 44%.

France

In France, retail and recreational trips slumped 88% across the country, which has recorded roughly 59,000 cases and 5,387 deaths. With cases of the virus spiking, France’s broad lockdown is likely to be extended beyond the 15th of April. Grocery and visits to pharmacies declined by some 72%, and workplace visits fell by 56%.

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Germany

Over 80,000 have been infected by COVID-19 in Germany. As a result visits to retail and places of recreation fell 77%. Visits to grocery and pharmacies fell by some 51%, and treks to the workplace fell 39%. The country’s social distancing measures, which include school and restaurant closures, have been extended until the 19th of April, with further extensions highly likely.

India

Trips to retail and recreation spots fell 77%, grocery and pharmacy visits dropped 65%, and workplace visits fell 47%. India went into a lockdown due to end April 14. With a recent spike in cases, the country’s said it will pull out of the lockdown in phases.

Indonesia

Visits to retail and recreation spots fell 47%, and grocery and pharmacy trips were down 27%, while trips to office locations dropped by 15%. Indonesia has so far resisted the widespread lockdowns seen elsewhere in the world.

Italy

Retail and recreation trips in the country, which has seen the highest number of deaths globally, plunged by a massive 94%. Visits to groceries and pharmacies were down 85%, and workplace trips fell 63%. Italy has imposed strict limits on movement and shuttered all non-essential services until the 13th of April. Again, the country is likely to extend this out in order to better control the spread of the virus.

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Israel

In Israel, visits to retail establishments and recreational areas fell 67%. Trips to groceries and pharmacies were down by some 13%, and trips to office locales dropped 59%. Israel has imposed tight curbs, confining people to their homes.

Japan

Retail and recreation trips in the country, where authorities have been relatively relaxed about social distancing, fell just 26%. Grocery and pharmacy visits slipped 7%, and trips to workplaces fell 9%.

Nigeria

Retail and recreation visits fell 39% in Nigeria, which has reported just 184 cases so far. Grocery and pharmacy visits dropped by a fourth. People going to workplaces fell 11%.

Singapore

Retail and recreation trips fell 28% in the country, which has seen a recent spike in cases. Grocery and pharmacy visits slipped 6%, and trips to workplaces fell 15%. The country imposed stricter curbs on Friday, closing schools and most workplaces.

South Korea

Retail and recreation trips fell 19%, grocery and pharmacy visits rose 11%, and workplace trips fell 12%. The country on Tuesday cancelled the re-opening of schools next week as clusters of infections flared.

Spain

Retail and recreation trips fell 94%. The country has witnessed 112,065 cases – the second-highest after the United States. Grocery and pharmacy visits slumped 76%, and workplace trips fell 64%.

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UK:

Visits to retail outlets and recreational areas fell a massive 85%. Trips to groceries and pharmacies dropped by some 46%, and workplace trips fell 55%. The United Kingdom, which has closed all public spaces, has seen more than 35,000 cases, including its leader, PM Boris Johnson.

US:

The United States has seen the most number of infections, over 245,000 people. Retail and recreation trips in the country fell 47%, grocery and pharmacy visits dropped 22%, and workplace visits fell 38%.

Please note: There was no data for China or Iran, where the reported number of total infected people, including the dead, crossed 132,000 together.

Via our content partners at Reuters. Reporting by Sayantani Ghosh in Singapore. Editing by Steve Orlofsky.

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