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JRC studies use mobility data to provide insight into virus spread and containment efficacy

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published three papers exploring the relationship between human mobility and the spread of coronavirus. The findings are based on anonymised mobile phone location data and will inform policymakers as they consider how to best end confinement measures, warn against new outbreaks and map the socio-economic effects of the virus. 

14 mobile network providers in 19 Member States provided data to the JRC  to develop data-driven approaches. The studies have provided clear evidence on the impact of mobility on the spreaed of the virus, where mobility alone can explain the initial outbreaks in Italy, France and Spain, for example. The results also show that confinement measures were efficient in limiting the virus' spread. 

To read more and access the three studies, click here