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Is lockdown 3 working? Data suggests people have become used to bending the rules


On 4 January, Boris Johnson told England to stay at home. Again.Last time this happened the response was almost universal. Movement plummeted, falling by every available measure.
Transport app Citymapper tracks how many people plan journeys in London, Manchester, and Birmingham. It doesn’t track car trips but it captures everything else.According to its data, journeys during the first lockdown fell to less than 10% of pre-pandemic levels, and stayed that way for days.On the streets of England’s cities, every day in was like Christmas Day.


This time round however, things are slightly different.
As the graph below shows, …

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