Lebanon sees massive drop in mobility, Google says

The report issued on March 29, 2020, focuses on location accuracy and the understanding of categorized places from retail and recreation, grocery and pharmacy, to workplace and places of residence.
by Chiri Choukeir

4 April 2020 | 19:53

Source: by Annahar

  • by Chiri Choukeir
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 4 April 2020 | 19:53

Photo taken during Lebanon's lockdown. (Reuters).

BEIRUT: Lebanon's workplaces, retail and transportation hubs have seen the sharpest drop in mobility, according to data released by Google. 

The data was compiled to help people and "public health officials better understand responses to social distancing guidance related to COVID-19 in Lebanon." The report also shows how visits and length of stay at different places changed compared to the baseline.

Google reported a 41 percent decrease in mobility trends for workplaces and an increase of 15 percent in mobility trends for places of residence.

The most significant decrease was for public transport hubs, which saw mobility drop by 84 percent. Retail and recreation places like restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, and public hangouts showed a decrease of 73 percent in mobility trends.

Pharmacy and grocery stores showed a decrease of 48 percent in mobility trends while parks, public beaches, marinas, plazas, and public gardens showed a decrease of 59 percent.

This data represents a sample of Google users and may or may not represent the exact behavior of a wider population, the report said. 

The report issued on March 29, 2020, focuses on location accuracy and the understanding of categorized places from retail and recreation, grocery and pharmacy, to the workplace and places of residence. 

The baseline used for the comparison of data is the median value for the corresponding day of the week, during the 5-week period; Jan 3- Feb 6, 2020.

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