Massive reduction in people movements across Sydney and Melbourne

More data has emerged on the pervasive impact the partial shutdown is having on people movements in Sydney and Melbourne.

As shown in the next chart, prepared by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet using mobile phone data, people movements are tracking at less than 20% of normal levels across both cities:

Data released late last week by the Grattan Institute also showed that vehicle movements across Sydney and Melbourne have plunged by around 75%; although they were yet to reach the lows of other major lockdown cities, like New York, London and Rome:

There are obviously positive trends, given we need 80% of Australians to stay home – effectively all non-essential workers – to flatten the curve and stop the spread of the coronavirus:

 

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