More people going out in UK again, Oxford data reveals

There's been a massive leap in us heading out over the last two Saturdays.

Movement has increased by more than 61% across the UK in the last fortnight, according to Oxford University's COVID-19 Impact Monitor.

The number of people going out on a Saturday increased by 70% in London alone, compared to the previous two Saturdays in June.

The data also reveals that movement nationally rose by just over a quarter on Super Saturday - when lockdown was eased further. That's the biggest weekly increase since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the research.

While, last Friday was the busiest day of the lockdown so far, with the UK as a whole recording 68% of pre-lockdown movement.

Dr Matthias Qian said: "'Recent measures to further ease the national lockdown, including the re-opening of pubs and additional retail stores, have increased destination choices for consumers. And with the growing number of the choices, people did go to more and farther places, as our impact monitor reveals."  

Wales has seen the biggest increase over the fortnight, while in Scotland, movement over the two Saturdays has increased by 88%.

Leicester was the only place to see less people out and about as it's currently in a local lockdown.

Dr Qian added: "'Recent measures to further ease the national lockdown, including the re-opening of pubs and additional retail stores, have increased destination choices for consumers. And with the growing number of the choices, people did go to more and farther places, as our impact monitor reveals."

"A clear and increasing gap is opening up between Leicester and the rest of the country, suggesting the local lockdown is working. The good compliance with government guidelines makes me hopeful that we may limit the negative consequences of the second wave."

 

 

 

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