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March 30, 2020

 
 
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In Canada and cities around the world, rush-hour traffic plummets as people respond to the COVID-19 pandemic
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Matt Bubbers

From his office in Amsterdam, Gijs Peters could see the response to the COVID-19 pandemic move across the world. In the beginning, though, he couldn’t be sure exactly what he was looking at.

 
“It started really slowly,” Peters said, speaking from home, since his office, like most places in the Netherlands, had been closed. “You see some minor changes, and you think it might be the weather. I mean, there’s many things that affect traffic; a small change does not point to a pandemic.” He didn’t want to jump to a conclusion.

 
 
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