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Traffic reduction is smaller in Brazil and Mexico than in neighboring countries

March's traffic congestion intensity in Latin America shows that Brazil and Mexico have not reduced the flow of cars in the last few days

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  • Colombia and Argentina reduced the amount of vehicle flow by 92% and 91%
  • Since the first week of the month the reduction in Brazil was 58%, similar to Mexico’s 55%

An analysis of March’s traffic congestion intensity in Latin America made by IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) shows that Brazil and Mexico, the largest economies in the region, have not reduced the flow of cars in recent weeks as much as their neighbors did. The two countries follow the same pattern in the chart: a sign that stands out that they probably are not following as closely the policies of social distance to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, reports the newspaper O Estado de S.Paulo.

Looking at traffic congestion intensity by country in the chart, as daily percentage change with respect to the week March 1-7, it’s possible to verify that the vehicle traffic in Brazil is at a higher level than other countries in the region and the circulation of cars increased in the last few days, since March 27th.

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IDB gathered the data through the Waze app to assess the drop in congestion in Latin America with traffic restrictions and to monitor the impact of isolation policies during the quarantine period.

Charts show which places are applying more efficiently isolation measures: Colombia, Argentina and Peru. Brazil and Mexico governments have been dragging their feet in enforcing social isolation and quarantines, which may explain somewhat these charts, according to the newspaper.