Google location data shows slump in trips to malls, offices

Google on Thursday published reports for 131 countries showing whether visits to shops, parks and workplaces dropped in March, when many governments issued stay-at-home orders to rein in the spread of COVID-19.

Here is a list of countries in alphabetical order, including some of the worst hit:

Australia: Visits to retail and recreation locations, including restaurants, malls, and cinemas, fell 45%. Trips to grocery and pharmacy locations fell 19%. Visits to workplaces fell by a third. Several states have given police the power to impose hefty fines and prison terms on anybody found breaching strict social-distancing rules.

Brazil: Retail and recreation trips dropped 71%, grocery and pharmacy visits fell 35%, and visits to workplaces declined 34%. President Jair Bolsonaro has urged states to relax their strict quarantine policies, clashing with the country’s health minister, who has advised maximum social distancing.

Canada: Retail and recreation visits fell 59%. Grocery and pharmacy trips fell 35%, and those to workplaces dropped 44%.

France: Retail and recreation trips slumped 88% in the country, which has recorded roughly 59,000 cases and 5,387 deaths. The country’s broad lockdown is likely to be extended beyond April 15. Grocery and pharmacy visits declined 72%, and workplace visits fell 56%.

Germany: In Germany, where over 80,000 have been infected, retail and recreation visits fell 77%. Grocery and pharmacy trips fell 51%, and workplace visits fell 39%. The country’s social distancing measures, including school and restaurant closures, have been extended until April 19.

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 workplace visits fell 15%. Indonesia has resisted widespread lockdowns.

Italy: Retail and recreation trips in the country, which has seen the highest number of deaths globally, plunged 94%. Grocery and pharmacy visits were down 85%, and workplace trips fell 63%. Italy has imposed severe limits on movement and shuttered all non-essential services until April 13.

Israel: Retail and recreation trips fell 67%, grocery and pharmacy visits were down 13%, and trips to workplaces 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%.

 

United Kingdom: Retail and recreation trips slumped 85%, grocery and pharmacy visits dropped 46%, and workplace trips fell 55%. The country, which has closed public spots, has seen more than 34,718 cases, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

United States: The country 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%.

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

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