New data published on Apple Mobility Trends Reports suggest an increase in the number of Brits defying the lockdown this weekend!
Despite the Governments warnings at Yesterday’s press conference, many brits have taken to the streets in a bid to defy Government guidelines put in place to protect the NHS and the public from the deadly COVID-19 virus.
Pictures have been emerging on social media platforms of people gathering in crowds and ignoring social distancing measures across the country.
The data suggests that the number of people walking and driving on the roads has increased while the levels of goods in transit remains low at -83% from baseline levels.
What is happening around the country?
An incline in both people out walking and driving clearly seen in Birmingham
What was said about social distancing at Yesterday’s press conference?
Yesterdays press conference lead by Home Secretary Priti Patel was focussed on criminals trying to exploit and capitalise COVID pandemic.
The Governments message remained very clear, urging the public to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.
The Home Secretary pointed out that a minority of drivers were using quieter roads as their own personal race track, she went on to say they had seen speeds of up to 151MPH clocked on the M1 and 134MPH in a 40MPH zone in London.
The Government urged that it wouldn’t take much for the virus to start increasing its transmission again and start to spread more widely.
What has been happening in other countries?
Despite being the country with the highest number of cases and deaths, the USA seems to be the country with the slackest measures.
Although Donald Trump is considering extending social distancing guidelines until early summer, it does not seem from the data that the American people are listening at all.
Data Source: Mobility Trends Reports