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Nowcasting fatal COVID-19 Infections on a regional Level in Germany

Autoren/Herausgeber: Schneble
De Nicola
Kauermann
Berger
Erschienen: 2020
Publikationsart: Publikationen

We analyse the temporal and regional structure in mortality rates related to COVID-19 infections. We relate the fatality date of each deceased patient to the corresponding day of registration of the infection, leading to a nowcasting model which allows us to estimate the number of present-day infections that will, at a later date, prove to be fatal. The numbers are broken down to the district level in Germany. Given that death counts generally provide more reliable information on the spread of the disease compared to infection counts, which inevitably depend on testing strategy and capacity, the proposed model and the presented results allow to obtain reliable insight into the current state of the pandemic in Germany

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