By Bilal Hafeez 07-05-2020
In: hive-exclusives | COVID-19

Which Countries’ Populations Are Following Lockdown Rules?

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We look at which countries have the strictest lockdowns, and using mobility data we track which countries have followed the lockdowns most closely
We find that Nordics and East Asia have the most lax lockdown rules, while Europe, Middle East and Africa have the strictest rules
Comparing actual mobility to lockdown rules, we find Turkey, Spain and Argentina the most obedient countries, while Germany, Poland Sweden are the least.

In this column, we take a closer look lockdown rules and mobility. This is especially important as governments start to ease them. Starting with lockdown policy, we quantify how strict stringency rules are. A good resource for lockdown rules is the University of Oxford’s Stringency Indices, which quantify the degree of lockdowns (e.g. workplace restrictions, school closures and public gathering bans) into an index. A score of 100 would mean the most extreme lockdown, while zero would mean no restrictions.

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