Epidemic versus economic performances of the COVID-19 lockdown in Japan: A Mobility Data Analysis.

Zhang H, Li P, Zhang Z, Li W, Chen J, Song X, Shibasaki R, Yan J

Cities - (-) 103502 [2021-10-22; online 2021-10-22]

Lockdown measures have been a "panacea" for pandemic control but also a violent "poison" for economies. Lockdown policies strongly restrict human mobility but mobility reduce does harm to economics. Governments meet a thorny problem in balancing the pros and cons of lockdown policies, but lack comprehensive and quantified guides. Based on millions of financial transaction records, and billions of mobility data, we tracked spatio-temporal business networks and human daily mobility, then proposed a high-resolution two-sided framework to assess the epidemiological performance and economic damage of different lockdown policies. We found that the pandemic duration under the strictest lockdown is less about two months than that under the lightest lockdown, which makes the strictest lockdown characterize both epidemiologically and economically efficient. Moreover, based on the two-sided model, we explored the spatial lockdown strategy. We argue that cutting off intercity commuting is significant in both epidemiological and economical aspects, and finally helped governments figure out the Pareto optimal solution set of lockdown strategy.

Category: Other

Type: Journal article

PubMed 34703071

DOI 10.1016/j.cities.2021.103502

Crossref 10.1016/j.cities.2021.103502

pii: S0264-2751(21)00401-7
pmc: PMC8531026

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