Prague, 6th May 2020 - The data of the Mobility Atlas, a joint project of TMCZ and VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava, calculated in the IT4Innovations national supercomputer center, confirm the increase in the mobility of the population of the Czech Republic during April. The data show that life in the country is beginning to return to normal. People are no longer afraid to leave their homes and travel much more both on weekends and on weekdays. They started shopping, walking outside or working again.
Mobility has started to rise since the end of March. While at the end of March it was about 25-30% lower on weekdays, at the end of April it was only about 10% lower than usual. On the weekends at the end of March, about half of the people left their homes compared to the normal situation. At the end of April, people were travelling much more and only a quarter fewer people stayed at home at the weekend than normal. Mobility is measured by the movement of the SIM card - whether it leaves its home cell during the day. The range that can be measured in this way ranges from tens of meters in cities to low units of kilometers in sparsely populated areas. The data is strictly anonymized.
The slowest return to normal is in Prague, where population mobility was lowest and at the end of April was still 26% below the normal. The fact is probably related to the high proportion of professions for which working from home does not pose problems. The Olomouc Region also has a slower return (20% lower than normal at the end of April), followed by the Karlovy Vary and Liberec Regions (both 18% below normal). On the other hand, the Pilsen Region (only 0.4% below normal) and the Central Bohemian Region (2% below normal) returned the most to normal at the end of April.
The situation in the big cities was different at the end of April. Most people still stay at home in Pardubice (38% below normal) and in Kolín (minus 34%). The cities of Jihlava, Mladá Boleslav and Olomouc also attacked the 30% border. The cities of Most and Zlín were around the 10% threshold below the normal level. Probably due to the high share of professions that cannot be performed from home, the situation came closest to normal in Frýdek-Místek (minus 7.7%) and in Havířov (minus 6.6%).
Mobility Atlas also monitors foreign SIMs operating in the Czech Republic. The number of foreign SIMs in the Czech Republic decreased slightly during April, but no longer dramatically. On weekdays it stabilized at minus 35% compared to normal, on weekends at minus 45-50% compared to normal. The number of Czech commuters, who also switch on a foreign SIM card, probably decreased even more - a little less on weekdays, more significantly on weekends.
Selected data from the Mobility Atlas is available to journalistic data teams on request.
Important Note: No epidemiological conclusions can be drawn from this interpretation of the data and then attributed to T-Mobile in any way. The interpretation of the correlation of the Mobility Atlas data with epidemiological data belongs only to the competent state administration bodies.
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