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Movement To Workplaces, Parks Decline In Lagos, Others – Report

Movement To Workplaces, Parks Decline In Lagos, Others – Report

Movement of people to workplaces, parks, recreational centres, transit stations, retail and grocery shops declined significantly in Lagos and 15 other cities and states, the latest Google COVID-19 Community Mobility report has shown.

The report listed Lagos, Federal Capital Territory, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Enugu, Imo and Kaduna as places where there were a considerable changes in visits to places like grocery stores and parks.

Others are Kano, Kwara, Ogun, Osun, and Oyo states.

These states identified by Google also experienced increased movement around residential areas.

Google said it prepared the report to help Nigerian citizens and public health officials understand responses to social distancing guidance related to COVID-19.

The reports published for Nigeria and 130 other countries showed whether visits to shops, parks and workplaces dropped in April, when many governments issued stay-at-home orders to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The mobility trends for Lagos provided by Google indicated that visits by Nigerians to places like restaurants, cafes, shopping centres, theme parks, museums, libraries, and movie theaters had reduced by 69 per cent in April.

This is as movement of Lagos residents to grocery markets, food warehouses, farmers markets, specialty food shops, drug stores, and pharmacies, national parks, public beaches, marinas, dog parks, plazas, and public gardens reduced by 59 per cent.

Movement of people to workplaces declined by 25 per cent while movement around residential areas in Lagos increased by 29 per cent in the month under review.

In Kano State, movement of people to recreation and retail centres declined by 57 per cent compared to baseline data. Movement to grocery and pharmacy stores declined by 58 per cent; visits to parks reduced by 42 per cent; and visits to transit stations declined by 51 per cent compared to baseline data.

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