Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

P & R Vol.2 Issue 1
Mobility and social outlook
Publication Year : 2021

The country has been in lockdown, the economic activity has plummeted, and it is advised to stay at home in these testing times of COVID-19, as the second wave is taking a toll. Despite the clear government orders, authoritative instructions and awareness campaigns, people are less-heeded to comply with these. Away from the metropolitan hustle, there is a life that is less affected by the state orders and does go on synonymous to as it was before, with less economic transactions assuredly. However, the trickle-down effects of economic slowdown are creeping in and there is a visible slowdown in community mobility in Pakistan. While the media reports indicate less affective social-distancing abiding within peripheral areas, there is clear indication of low mobility seen in urban areas and public spaces. Google mobility reports suggests a clear precipitous slowdown in mobility with the help of surveilling mechanisms of geo-locating the people.