Tracking Human Mobility in Penang During Covid-19

By Yeong Pey Jung, Ng Kar Yong, Lee Siu Ming

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DESCRIBED AS THE most tracked economic indicator during Covid-19,1 the release of the Google Community Mobility Data has been lauded as a creative means by a tech giant in fighting the coronavirus.2 The information obtained provides an added layer of understanding to how people adjust their movements at different locations during the pandemic.These locations are grouped under six categories, namely retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces and residential. Mobility is traced in the percentage change of...

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Yeong Pey Jung

is a senior analyst with the Socioeconomics and Statistics Programme at Penang Institute. She is a reading enthusiast and is surgically attached to her Kindle.

Ng Kar Yong

is a statistician at Penang Institute who loves art and nature.

Lee Siu Ming

is a senior analyst at Penang Institute, and believes in the Latin phrase Audi alteram partem, loosely translated as “Listen to the other side".