Google tracks location data to understand how people are moving during the pandemic. The data is anonymised and covers multiple countries and regions. Shopping for groceries, medicines and other essentials is higher than it was before the Covid-19 pandemic. Other categories show a decline. A surge since the unlocking
has since moderated. Visits to workplaces are still down by almost a third (see chart 3).
Traffic congestion had begun to move up after June. It had fallen by 90 per cent or more in both New Delhi and Mumbai since the lockdown in March, shows data from location technology firm TomTom International. It is down by 29 per cent in New Delhi now. Mumbai traffic
congestion 35 per cent below normal (see chart 4).
also tracks nitrogen dioxide levels in the two cities. The pollutant is the result of industrial activity and vehicular emissions. Delhi pollution
is around two per cent below 2019 based on a seven-day rolling average. The fall is far greater in Mumbai where it is still 92 per cent below 2019 levels (see chart 5,6).
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