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This research takes the six provinces around Hubei Province where the Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak as the research area, collected the number of cumulative confirmed cases (NCCC) in the first four weeks after the lockdown to explore the spatiotemporal characteristics, and to identify its influencing factors by correlation and regression analysis, finally providing reference for epidemic prevention and control policy.

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In the research on the spatial characteristics and influencing factors of COVID-19 epidemic, current studies pay more attention to the spatial aggregation, but less attention to the spatiotemporal variability between adjacent regions; Most of research are based on national, prefecture and county level, few studies focus on neighboring provinces in the early outbreak stage. In addition, few researches set up comprehensive variables system integrate multiple dimensions of social-economy, geography and transportation


This research proposed an assumption that the COVID-19 diffusion would be related to abstract aspects of flow and access. These two aspects would include multiple specific factors, like the population, road networks, elevation, and some other one. All these factors were categorized to a comprehensive analysis framework comprising three dimensions of socio-economic, geography and transportation (SGT), so as to obtain the COVID-19 diffusion characteristics.

Sichuan Normal University

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This page is a summary of: Flow and access: Driving forces of COVID-19 spreading in the first stage around Hubei, China, PLoS ONE, January 2023, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0280323.
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