Over 1,000 Corona deaths within 24 hours in Germany

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In Germany, the number of reported deaths related to the coronavirus has exceeded 1,000 for the first time, reaching an all-time high. Within one day, German public health departments transmitted 1,129 new deaths to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), according to RKI figures released early Wednesday. In addition, 22,459 new infections were reported.

Last Wednesday (Dec. 23), 24,740 new infections and the previous high of 962 deaths had been reported. The RKI had communicated before the Christmas days that the current figures were only conditionally comparable with the values of the previous week, since it counted on a lower number of tests and also fewer reports from the health offices towards the turn of the year. Still, the number of new deaths Wednesday morning was significantly higher than a week ago.

The number of new infections per 100,000 population reported to health offices within seven days (seven-day incidence) was 141.3 Wednesday morning, its previous high having been 197.6 on Dec. 22. However, the differences between the German states are enormous: the highest incidences had on Tuesday Saxony with 330.0 and Thuringia with 255.1 the lowest value had Lower Saxony with 79.6.

The RKI counted 1,687,185 confirmed infections with SARS-CoV-2 in Germany since the pandemic began (as of Dec. 30, 00:00). The total number of people who have died from or with the involvement of a confirmed infection with SARS-CoV-2 rose to 32,107 as of Wednesday, and the number of people who have recovered was reported by the RKI to be about 1,302,600.

The seven-day R-value across Germany was 0.67 (Monday: 0.74), according to the RKI report Tuesday evening. This R-value means that 100 infected people mathematically infect 67 other people. The value represents in each case the infection occurrence eight to 16 days ago. If it is below 1 for a longer period of time, the incidence of infection is decreasing. However, the RKI emphasizes in its report that at the turn of the year, Corona cases are only reported, recorded and transmitted with a delay, “so that the R value may also be underestimated.

  • Sources: kurier.at and rki.de/picture: pixabay.com
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