Kilkenny people ARE staying at home

Andrew Cummings
April 8, 2020

The Community Mobility Reports are accessible to the public and are free to download.

Google says the data collected is usually used to show "popular times for places on Google Maps".

North Carolina officials are looking at cell phone location data to inform decisions about whether to tighten stay-at-home orders and other social distancing recommendations, according to WRAL.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe continues to appeal to Kenyans to stay indoors and abide by social distance requirements. It would be particularly informative for concerned people to find out just how effective lockdown measures actually are.

The data is compiled for 131 countries and regions to highlight movement trends over time.

It should be mentioned that as per the Google data, the counties wherever the government has implemented stricter lockdown, significant behavioural changes were noticed.

Elsewhere, there's been a 59% fall in visits to parks and other public spaces - although the data also shows spikes in movement in such areas before the more stringent movement restrictions were announced last week.

Tracking change following measures implemented to check COVID-19, Community Mobility Reports, prepared by Google on the basis of data used in its products, show a huge decline in visits and length of stay at retail and recreation sites, grocery stores and pharmacies, parks, public transport hubs and workplaces.

We'll show trends over several weeks, with the most recent information representing 48-to-72 hours prior.

Visits to retail and recreation establishments in Rutland, Britain's smallest county, were down 100% compared with the pre-February baseline, while four other areas - Bath and North East Somerset, Midlothian, Nottinghamshire and York - all recorded drops of 90% or more.

Italy and Spain, two of the hardest-hit countries, both saw visits to retail and recreation locations such as restaurants and movie theaters plunge 94%. Grocery and pharmacy visits were down 85%, and workplace trips fell 63%.

Meanwhile, movement related to workplaces is down 52% - but there's been a 19% increase in mobility trends for places of residence.

To protect people's privacy, Google is vowing that no personally identifiable information, like an individual's location, contacts or movement, will be made available at any point.

Now Google has released a statement alerting that information it's been gathering from users will be released to the public to assist in the fight against the coronavirus via its Google Mobility Report.

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