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Source: Destatis Federal Statistical Office

Special evaluation of cellular data shows a decline in mobility among the population since the restrictions began on November 2, 2020

Press release No. 453 from November 12, 2020

WIESBADEN – In the week that the new restriction measures to contain the corona pandemic in Germany came into force, the average mobility across all districts and urban districts fell by 4.7% compared to the previous week. As a special evaluation of experimental data by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) shows, mobility in the 45th calendar week (November 2 to 8) was below the previous year’s level for the first time since June 2020 for one week.

So far, however, the decline in mobility has been much less pronounced than during the lockdown in spring 2020, when educational and childcare facilities and many workplaces were also closed nationwide. At that time, mobility decreased by over 30% compared to the previous year.

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Overall, there are differences between the west and east of Germany in terms of changes in mobility figures. In addition, mobility in regions with a low 7-day incidence of less than 50 new Covid-19 infections per 100,000 inhabitants, who are predominantly in eastern Germany, generally decreases less than in regions with higher incidence values. In the past few weeks, mobility has tended to decline more strongly in the western federal states than in the eastern federal states, where many rural districts and urban districts are still showing an increase in mobility compared to the previous year. Since the start of the restriction measures on November 2, there has also been a clear decline in the east. Compared to the previous week, mobility there on the working days of the 45th calendar week (November 2 to 6) decreased by 5.1%, in the west the decrease was 6.0%.

>>> Interactive mobility change at district level in hotspots and non-hotspots

How daily mobility has changed in the individual counties and independent cities in the past calendar week is shown by an interactive map in the “EXDAT – experimental data“On the website of the Federal Statistical Office. The offer is updated weekly and gradually expanded.

Methodological notes:

The results are based on a special evaluation of anonymized and aggregated mobile phone data, which the Federal Statistical Office is investigating, particularly with regard to its usefulness for the small-scale and current mapping of the population and their mobility (www.destatis.de/exdat).

Cell phone data can provide an indication of how much the mobility behavior of citizens in so-called Corona hotspots changes after the entry into force of restriction measures to contain the Covid 19 pandemic. This is based on the assumption that with a decrease in mobility, the number of social interactions and thus the risk of infection also decrease.

These experimental data are new, innovative project results that are created on the basis of new data sources and methods. In terms of maturity and quality, they differ from official statistics, especially with regard to harmonization, coverage and methodology.

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