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Google analyses Oman’s community mobility

16 May 2020

Data published by search engine Google has revealed how the coronavirus outbreak is impacting mobility across countries, including Oman. The data reveals that people in Oman have been staying at home more now, while limiting their retail and recreation outings.  

Google’s Community Mobility Reports aim to provide insights into what has changed in response to policies aimed at combating COVID-19. The reports chart movement trends over time by geography, across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential areas. 

For the month of May in Oman, the biggest change has been in the use of transit stations. It is down by 65% compared to baseline mobility trends for places like public transport hubs, such as subways, buses, and train stations. The only growth witnesses has been in mobility trends for places of residence, showing an increase of 19%, while for workplaces it has fallen by 30%.  

The second most affected category is retail and recreation, showing a fall of 54% compared to baseline mobility trends for places like restaurants, cafes, shopping centres, museums, libraries, and movie theatres. 

‘As global communities respond to COVID-19, we’ve heard from public health officials that the same type of aggregated, anonymised insights, which we use in products such as Google Maps, could be helpful as they make critical decisions to combat COVID-19,’ stated Google, presenting the report.   

Parks, beaches and marinas have seen mobility fall by 49%, while mobility trends for places like grocery markets, food warehouses, farmers markets, specialty food shops, drug stores, and pharmacies in Oman has dived by 41%.  

The reports show trends over several weeks with the most recent data representing activity recorded approximately two-three days ago. 

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