Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

Blog
The Mobility Estimates and Social Outlook
Publication Year : 2020

The country is in a lockdown, the economic activity has plunged, and it is advised to stay at home in these testing times of COVID-19. Despite the clear government orders, commanding instructions and awareness campaigns, people are less heeded to comply with these. Away from the metropolitan hustle, there is a life less interrupted and 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, and indiscriminate, effects of economic slowdown are tiptoeing in for all factions; 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 precipitous slowdown in mobility with the help of tailing mechanisms of geo-locating the people. Also, the indecisiveness of government in implementing full or partial lockdown has made the lockdown avoidable, thus allowing partial mobility within cities and towns.

Blog
The Mobility Estimates and Social Outlook
Publication Year : 2020

The country is in a lockdown, the economic activity has plunged, and it is advised to stay at home in these testing times of COVID-19. Despite the clear government orders, commanding instructions and awareness campaigns, people are less heeded to comply with these. Away from the metropolitan hustle, there is a life less interrupted and 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, and indiscriminate, effects of economic slowdown are tiptoeing in for all factions; 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 precipitous slowdown in mobility with the help of tailing mechanisms of geo-locating the people. Also, the indecisiveness of government in implementing full or partial lockdown has made the lockdown avoidable, thus allowing partial mobility within cities and towns.