GOOGLE is using location data gathered from phones to help public health officials understand how people’s movements have changed in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

The reports use data from people who have opted in to storing their location history with Google to help illustrate the degree to which people are adhering to government instructions.

The Covid-19 Community Mobility Report, dated September 21, looks at data in Bracknell Forest from August 10 until September 21.

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The data showed a 35 per cent decrease, compared to the baseline, in residents going to places of retail and recreation, including places such as restaurants, shopping centres and cinemas.

There was also a 19 per cent decrease, compared to the baseline, in residents visiting supermarkets and pharmacies.

Data also showed a 22 per cent decrease in residents using public transport, and a 45 per cent decrease in residents attending their physical workplace. Both these percentages are compared to their baseline level.

Residents have been spending more time at home and in open spaces however, the data shows.

Compared to the baseline, Google data revealed an 11 per cent increase in residents attending parks, beaches and gardens, and an 11 per cent increase in residents staying at home during this time.

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The data comes as prime minister Boris Johnson introduced the 'rule of six' this month, as well as other rules on travel and social gatherings.

The law means that no more than six people can meet in a group, both indoors and outdoors.

Gatherings of more than six people are now illegal.