The clarion appeal was given by PM Modi to participate in Janta curfew for a day on March 22, 2020, to contain the spread and make the fight against coronavirus in India a success got an overwhelming response with most Indians staying indoors. This resulted in an 85 % drop in footfalls across the country as per the real-time step count data collected by over 5 lakh users who are using GOQii Activity trackers. The footfalls were compared to the average footfalls seen before 5th March 2020.
The leading state in keeping most of its people indoors was the state of Kerala. Kerala saw a drop-in footfall at 90% during Janta curfew. Maharashtra also saw the drop increase to 89% and now with the suburban railways stopping, this number is likely to increase. The state GOQii has studied has seen a drop-in footfall percentage ranging from 75% to 90%.
Citywise, Mumbai, and Chennai saw a drop of 90% in footfalls. Cities across India saw a footfall droop between 80 and 90%.7