Government Tracking How People Move Around In Coronavirus Pandemic
Government officials in the US are using location data from millions of cellphones in an attempt to better understand the movements of Americans during the coronavirus outbreak. The CDC and state and local governments have started to receive analyses about the presence and movement of people in certain areas taken from cellphone data. The aim is to create a portal that contains data in what could be as many as 500 cities to help plan response to the outbreak.
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