In North Rhine-Westphalia the number of new corona infections on Thursday is apparently higher than reported by the Robert Koch Institute. The reason is a technical malfunction: The web servers at the RKI were down for several hours – a data gap occurred.
Due to a technical malfunction at the Robert Koch Institute, there were temporary data gaps in the transmission of corona infection figures from the federal states on Thursday. Due to a failure of a web server at the RKI on Thursday afternoon, transmissions from the health authorities to the responsible state authorities and from those to the RKI were disrupted for almost three hours until 5:30 pm, RKI spokeswoman Susanne Glasmacher announced on Friday and confirmed media reports about a technical breakdown at the RKI.
Afterwards, however, the server was up and running again and a great deal was transmitted. “It is possible, however, that if a health authority did not try again after 5:30 p.m., these data may be missing today,” the spokeswoman continued. The missing data would be automatically transmitted on Friday in the course of the day and would appear in the publication tomorrow. “How large the data gap is can only then be seen”, Glasmacher added.
In North Rhine-Westphalia, the number of proven new corona infections on Thursday was apparently significantly higher than reported by the RKI. According to the NRW Health Ministry, zero new infections were recorded in the RKI statistics for eleven districts and cities in NRW on Friday. Large cities and corona hotspots such as Dortmund, Duisburg and Wuppertal were also affected. The numbers could only be included in the statistics on Saturday, said a ministry spokesman.