Movement and mobility in Bahrain have been the least affected in the GCC amid restrictions to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, it was revealed.
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This is based on a range of key indicators including traffic at public parks, transit movement and visits to grocery stores during the coronavirus outbreak.
However, the data shows that Bahrain experienced the least mobility reduction in the region with a 21.2pc drop followed by Kuwait at 36.3pc, Oman with 37.8pc, Saudi Arabia at 38.5pc, and the UAE with 42.33pc.
This is because measures enforced by Bahrain, compounded by the high level of awareness among its society, have been successful in avoiding a strict lock down similar to other neighbouring countries, said Bahrain Centre for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat) director of research Dr Omar Al Ubaidly.
“The data confirmed that in almost all countries, including Bahrain, people moved around significantly less than they did pre-coronavirus,” he told the GDN.
“This is due to voluntary reductions in time spent outside the house, due to increased working-from-home, and also due to government restrictions on businesses being open, such as restaurants.
“However, this figure should not be compared directly with other countries’ figures because different countries have different population and urban densities, meaning that travel needs before and after the coronavirus are different between countries for reasons unrelated to the coronavirus or the response to it.
“If people are moving around less then the automotive sector is affected heavily, as is the point-to-point transportation sector such as taxis.
“Also, people have stopped going to restaurants and cafes, however, some sectors benefit such as home entertainment and video conferencing software.”
Mobility related to retail and recreation centres such as restaurants, cafes, shopping centres, theme parks, museums, libraries, and movie theatres has been affected the most – with a drop of 38pc from March 28 to May 9 compared with the baseline average.
The data provided by Google, published by Construction Week, also shows that mobility trends in Bahrain for places such as parks, public beaches, marinas, plazas and public gardens have gone done by 37pc in the same time period.
While the mobility rate in the transit sector such as bus stops across the country has gone down by 31pc.
“The coronavirus is having a significant short- and long-term impact on every economy in the world, including Bahrain,” added said Dr Al Ubaidly.
“Sectors such as aviation, tourism, restaurants, and personal services have very uncertain futures, and these sectors all play an important role in Bahrain’s economy.”
However, the data does show that movement towards workplaces in Bahrain has only gone down by 16pc, which is the same drop in mobility for grocery stores, pharmacies and supermarkets, all the while mobility for places of residence has gone up by 16pc.
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