Canadians aren’t staying home as much as they did during the first wave, data shows

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COVID-19 activity in Canada is at its highest level yet, but it appears Canadians are still living as if it’s the tail end of the first wave. The latest data from Google and Apple suggests that Canadians are spending about as much time at home, in workplaces and visiting stores as they were last May, even though the average daily number of new COVID-19 cases is now more than six times what it was then. Google has been tracking population-level movement trends since last February by comparing the amount of time its users spend in various locations to pre-pandemic levels. According to its latest Community Mobility Report for Canada, Canadians spent between 17 and 19 per cent more time at home during the first week of January than they did before the pandemic.