April 16, 2020 12:58
Driving on the streets of Korea has fallen 40 percent since the outbreak of coronavirus, while pedestrian traffic has also decreased 57 percent, data from iPhone users in 63 countries show.
Apple on Tuesday unveiled the figures to help health authorities around the world determine how effectively their citizens are observing social distancing.
The data compares mobility data between Jan. 13, before the coronavirus outbreak, and April 13. In Korea, they show traffic declining sharply in late February, when the epidemic exploded, but edging up since early April, when the number of new daily infections declined to the double digits.
In the U.S., by contrast, movements only declined sharply since the end of March, with driving falling 45 percent, pedestrian traffic 56 percent and public transportation 76 percent.
But in Japan movements did not decline markedly until the middle of March, only to drop sharply recently. Driving fell 26 percent compared to three months ago, pedestrian traffic 36 percent and public transportation 38 percent.
Apple claims it protects the privacy of its users even as it tracks their movements.
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