Near: Melbourne Handles the COVID-19 Fight Better than Sydney

IAB members Near have analyzed the density and mobility across cities to understand the vulnerability of a city to the spread of COVID-19.

Using data gathered from real-world signals, we devised metrics - the Density index, a representation of how crowded place categories such as supermarkets, QSRs, places of worship can get within the busy hours, and the Mobility Index which measures people’s movement across postcodes in a particular city.

Such insights can benefit policymakers, public health officials and organizations aid the decision-making process. These metrics are good indicators to understand how quickly the infection can spread in a city and also measure whether people were practicing social distancing/self-isolation.

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