New Apple Maps tool reveals which cities are locking down hardest during coronavirus

A NEW Apple Maps tool aims to help government responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

The web-based feature is called COVID-19 Mobility Trends Report and it provides anonymised Apple Maps data.

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This data can be used to show areas in which lockdown measures and social distancing have been successful.

It can also highlight areas where public mobility is higher.

The tool provides graphs showing how many people are walking, driving and taking public transport in certain countries, regions or cities.

It can be accessed by anyone so you can take a look yourself.

The recent data is compared to normal levels of public gatherings in those areas to show just how many fewer people are venturing outside.

Apple has stressed that it does not compromise the data of its users by providing this data because its not linked to Apple ID accounts.

Apple said: "Apple today released a mobility data trends tool from Apple Maps to support the impactful work happening around the globe to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

"This mobility data may provide helpful insights to local governments and health authorities and may also be used as a foundation for new public policies by showing the change in volume of people driving, walking or taking public transit in their communities."

It added: "Maps does not associate mobility data with a user’s Apple ID, and Apple does not keep a history of where a user has been.

"Using aggregated data collected from Apple Maps, the new website indicates mobility trends for major cities and 63 countries or regions.

"The information is generated by counting the number of requests made to Apple Maps for directions.

"The data sets are then compared to reflect a change in volume of people driving, walking or taking public transit around the world."

Apple and Google have also said they're working on apps designed to aid with contact tracing.

This could potentially alert people if they've been exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.


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In other news, Facebook is delivering "verified" coronavirus info daily to the top of News Feeds.

Google's "contact-tracing" coronavirus tech will be delivered using its Play Services – but won't arrive on all Android smartphones.

And, Huawei has warned that changes to its involvement in the UK 5G rollout would do the country a "disservice".

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