GOOGLE is using location data gathered from phones to help public health officials understand how people’s movements have changed in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

The reports use data from people who have opted in to storing their location history with Google to help illustrate the degree to which people are adhering to government instructions.

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The Covid-19 Community Mobility Report dated August 9 looks at data between Sunday, June 28, and Sunday, August 9, 2020.

The data shows parks have seen a large rise in visitor numbers - an 83 per cent increase compared to the baseline.

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Visits to residential areas has also increased by 3 per cent compared to the baseline.

Visits to retail and recreation - which comprises of restaurants, cafes and shopping centres - has seen a drop in visitors (43 per cent compared to the baseline).

People are also using public transport such as trains and buses less (49 per cent drop compared to the baseline).

Supermarkets and pharmacies have seen a decline in visitors over the last month with a 27 per cent drop compared to the baseline.