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The movement of parks, commerce and workplaces in Brazil increases, says ...

Google published on Friday (10) an update in the report of movement of people in Brazil during the coronavirus pandemic.

The study shows how Covid-19 is affecting the movement of people in more than 130 countries, and reports an increase in trips to parks, commercial services, workplaces and metro and bus stations.

In relation to the last survey, on March 29, there was an increase in movement in the 5 categories surveyed.

The numbers show the percentage of movement reduction. See below:

  • "recreation" (cafes, restaurants and museums, for example) went from 71% to 67%;
  • "parks" (in addition to beaches) went from 70% to 66%;
  • "grocery stores and pharmacies", went from 35% to 24%;
  • "public transport stations", rose from 62% to 57%;
  • "workplaces" went from 34% to 30%

Bus stop with crowds of people in Manaus - Photo: Eliana Nascimento / G1 AM

Bus stop with crowds of people in Manaus – Photo: Eliana Nascimento / G1 AM

In addition to Google, In Foco, a technology company that collects application data, also carried out a survey showing the reduction of social isolation in Brazil.

  • Cell phone location data show reduction in social isolation in Brazil

The data in the reports is from Android phones with "Location History" enabled. The company said it had taken steps to ensure that no individual could be identified through the surveys.

The increase in movement on the streets occurs when Brazil continues to accelerate the rate of registration of new cases of coronavirus, and reaches a thousand deaths.

To try to stop the spread of the virus, the government is already studying using data from cell phone operators to monitor the displacement of people. Meanwhile, governors and mayors increase quarantine terms.

The governor of São Paulo, João Doria, for example, promised tougher measures if the isolation rate does not reach 60% in the next few days.

Information from the different countries analyzed can be accessed publicly.

Google said it has published the reports to avoid any confusion about the data it provides to authorities, in the face of the global debate that has arisen about the balance between protecting privacy and the need to prevent the spread of the virus.

"These reports were developed to help comply with our strict privacy protocols and policies," wrote Karen DeSalvo, vice president of health at Google Health and Jen Fitzpatrick, senior vice president at Google Geo, in a statement.

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