BNN reports on Risklayer data: Now more than 1000 Corona infections in the southwest of Germany

The number of coronavirus infections in Baden-Württemberg has now exceeded the 1000 mark. This emerges from the latest analysis by the Karlsruhe think tank Risklayer, which analyzes the spread of the virus in Germany every day.

Accordingly, at midnight on Sunday there were 1,024 confirmed cases in the southwest, more than in Bavaria (923), but significantly less than in North Rhine-Westphalia (2,027). All other federal states currently have fewer than 350 cases, according to Risklayer. The independent Think Tank reports that a total of 5,604 people were infected in Germany. "Since we were only able to collect data from around 3/4 of the districts (Landkreise) due to the lack of reports on Saturday, we estimate the increase in the last 24 hours by midnight to be around 40 percent," Risklayer wrote on Twitter.

Risklayer was founded in 2015 by several scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) who specialize in global risk analysis. The Karlsruhe start-up stated that it does not make any money with the corona tracking and hopes to be able to finance itself later with service for operators of large hotel chains. Risklayer distributes updated maps via Twitter: @Risklayer.

Analysis of 5,000 sources on the Internet

According to Risklayer CEO James Daniell, the seven-person team uses a total of around 5,000 Internet sources for corona tracking, some of which are read automatically and some by hand. Then all the data are checked and cross-verified to see if the numbers are correct.

Daniell explains the occasional deviation from the Robert Koch Institute's figures is explained by the fact that the RKI data are published with some delay. The data used by Risklayer "is mostly based on press releases from the individual districts," he wrote on Twitter. "Each district has a district office with a respective website, where the latest figures are often published."

Case numbers are checked

For each district, Risklayer checks if the statistics correspond to the values reported by the Federal states, the RKI statistics and the surveys across all of Germany. According to Daniell and his colleagues, they want to continue tracking "until the government has a central system that doesn't last 48+ hours".

According to official information, the number of coronavirus infections in Baden-Württemberg rose to 827 on Saturday. According to the Ministry of Social Affairs, most infections were in Stuttgart in the Esslingen district (82), in Stuttgart (60) and in the Rhein-Neckar district (38) and in the Ludwigsburg district (38).

Original BNN article translated from German into English by Bijan Khazai