The seven-day rolling average power generation numbers for August 2 showed more eletricity being generated (relative to 2019) than at any time since the lockdown began. In fact, the numbers are now 6.8 per cent higher than in the same period last year.
Traffic data from TomTom International shows that Mumbai traffic is higher than the previous week. Delhi is the same as last week. Both cities show lower numbers than 2019 for the data ending Sunday, though there are signs of an upward trend.
Business Standard also tracks nitrogen dioxide emissions. The emissions rise due to industrial activity and vehicle use. Delhi emissions are at more than 90 per cent of where they were in 2019, based on a seven-day rolling average number for Sunday. Mumbai emissions, based on the Bandra locality readings, remain flat.
Google uses location data to track visits to various places. Grocery and pharmacy visits rose, as did visits to retail and recreation spots. Parks, transit stations and workplaces all saw an improvement in the number of visits. Residential visits declined, showed the data as of July 27.
The ministry of home affairs announced on 29th July that it would ease lockdown norms from August 1.
“In Unlock 3, which will come into effect from August 1, 2020, the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further.....Restrictions on movement of individuals during night (night curfew) have been removed....yoga institutes and gymnasiums will be allowed to open from August 5, 2020,” it said.
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