After data cleanup, 218 deaths reported in Austria

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After a data cleanup, authorities have reported 218 Covid 19 deaths for the past 24 hours. The city of Vienna switched to reporting deaths synchronously with AGES data, so 135 deaths have been added since yesterday.

In fact, 15 people died as a result of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the past 24 hours, according to city data. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there are thus 4,982 deaths Austria-wide, reported the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Interior today (as of 9:30 a.m.).

Until now, different values for Covid-19 deaths circulated in parallel. These differed – depending on who collected them (Ministry of Health or AGES) – in part significantly from each other and from the information of the provinces. In Vienna, the data has now been adjusted in order to avoid “unnecessary confusion and inconsistencies in the further course of the pandemic”.

According to the definition of the World Health Organization (WHO) – to which AGES refers – all those cases are to be counted as Covid-19 deaths that tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 within four weeks before the time of death, even if Covid-19 disease was not causative for the death. Vienna now also switched to this system, resulting in the late reports. As of December 16, Vienna had recorded exactly 909 deaths, according to AGES data.

2,458 new infections
The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Interior also reported 2,485 newly registered coronavirus cases (as of 9:30 a.m. today) within the past 24 hours. More than 3,220 Covid-19 sufferers currently required hospital treatment, including 548 in intensive care units.

7-day incidence at 213
More meaningful, however, is the number of positively diagnosed cases over the past seven days per 100,000 inhabitants (7-day incidence), which, according to AGES, is 213 (as of 2 p.m. yesterday).

AGES had switched to a new reporting scheme some time ago. Thus, all values show the figures of the previous day – like the report of the ministries. Major difference to the ministry reports: Laboratory-confirmed cases, deaths, etc. are not shown at the time of reporting, but at the date of diagnosis or death. In a new display in ORF.at, it is also made transparent on a daily basis to which days the newly reported cases are assigned.

In the AGES dashboard, new cases are no longer assigned to the time of notification, but to the date of laboratory diagnosis, which may have occurred days earlier. This makes the epidemic progression curve more accurate, but changes the number of newly reported infections that was previously popular as a key figure, but which continues to be communicated by the Ministry of the Interior and Ministry of Health.

hp, Source: ORF.at/agencies. picture: pixabay.com

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