Confinement in the Region: Trend Begins to Reverse

Because of the quarantines decreed in Central America, in mid-April the concentration of people in residential areas of the cities recorded its maximum level, but in recent weeks this trend has begun to reverse, although with significant differences between countries.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Since the effects of the crisis generated by the spread of the covid-19 in Central America began to be felt, and more specifically, since mobility restriction measures were tightened, visits to businesses in Central American countries have been drastically reduced and consumer mobility in residential areas has rebounded.

According to data from Google incorporated into the "Information System for the Impact Analysis of Covid-19 on Business", prepared by the Trade Intelligence Unit of CentralAmericaData, in Panama, where the measures of isolation and mobility restriction have been strict, an increase of nearly 40% in the level of concentration of people in residential areas is reported, compared to the levels registered in the last week of February. However, between April 11 and 30, the indicator fell from 42% to 38%.




In the case of El Salvador, between mid-April and May 2, the concentration of consumers in residential areas was reduced from 34% to 30%. In Honduras, the indicator went from 29% to 24% between 10 April and early May.

Guatemala reports one of the steepest declines, as in the last two weeks of April the concentration of consumers in residential areas went from 30% to 22%, when compared to pre-quarantine levels. In Costa Rica, a similar situation is reported, as it went from 31% to 19%, between April 12th and May 2nd.

In Nicaragua, where isolation and mobility restriction measures have been practically non-existent, no significant changes were reported.

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