Google community mobility report shows Malaysians compliant with MCO


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  • Saturday, 04 Apr 2020

PETALING JAYA: A report by Google on community mobility in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic shows that Malaysians are generally compliant to the movement control order (MCO).

The report dated March 29 showed a decline of 83% in Malaysians heading to public transportation such as bus and train stations.

It also showed that retail recreation – which comprises restaurants, shopping centres, theme parks, museums, libraries and movie theatres – saw an 81% decline in visits.

Public parks saw a decline of 68%, followed by grocery stores and pharmacies (58%) and workplaces (52%).

Residential areas, on the contrary, saw an increase of 31% in visits.

According to Google, the report was to assist the public and public health officials to understand responses to social distancing guides relating to Covid-19.

"This report shouldn't be used for medical diagnostic, prognostic, or treatment purposes. It also isn't intended to be used for guidance on personal travel plans," it added.

The report was calculated based on data provided by Google users who have opted-in provide their location history on their respective accounts.

"These reports were developed to be helpful while adhering to our stringent privacy protocols and protecting people's privacy.

"No personally identifiable information, like an individual's location, contacts or movement, is made available at any point," it said.

The MCO, which was enforced last March 18, is expected to end on April 14.

The report can be viewed here.

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