Spain grabs mobile data from MILLIONS for coronavirus ‘exit strategy’ as infections rise
The Ministry of Transport is already studying the mobility of citizens, especially movements of more than 500 metres, both during the State of Emergency which currently runs until April 26 and in the subsequent de-escalation phase. Early results show that on April 10, at Easter, 31.5 million Spaniards did not move beyond that distance, more than double the 14.6 million that did not do so before confinement. General Secretary for Transport, María José Rallo confirmed the Ministry is taking advantage of the experience it already had in carrying out studies on mobility and demand for transport based on data from mobile phones to study the data corresponding to coronavirus crisis.
He stressed the information from mobiles is totally anonymous and no data protection is being breached.
The information from phone operators is being updated every day, with the department saying: “The results are going to be key to analyse how the confinement can be lifted and improve the strategies adopted in this and future epidemics.
“They will help to improve social distancing strategies taken in any future outbreaks of this disease or others.”
Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez says he will announce next week if the State of Emergency is to be extended and he anticipates this will happen until at least May 10.
Latest figures revealed by the Ministry of Health this morning show the number of new positive cases of coronavirus have risen 5,092 in 24 hours with deaths up by 523 to 18,579.
The increase in deaths has remained at this level each day for the last week.
There are currently 177,633 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
On Tuesday, there were 3,045 more confirmed cases, bringing yesterday’s total to 172,541, the lowest since March 18. The increase is being attributed to more tests being carried out in the community.
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