More than 20,000 new infections, seven-day incidence rises to 124.9

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27 March – Germany: The infection situation in Germany continues to worsen. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the seven-day incidence is 124.9, according to figures released Saturday morning. This is the highest level since Jan. 19 (131.5). The data reflect the RKI dashboard as of 5 a.m.; subsequent changes or additions by the RKI are possible.

On Friday, the RKI had reported the incidence as 119.1; two weeks ago, it was 76.1. The seven-day incidence indicates the number of new infections per 100,000 population per week and is an important indicator of pandemic progression. After the number of new infections fell significantly during the lockdown until around mid-February, the number of infections recently rose sharply again – which experts also attribute to the widespread distribution of more infectious variants.

Health offices in Germany reported 20,472 new Corona infections to the RKI over the course of Friday, according to a statement on Saturday morning. In addition, 157 new deaths were recorded within 24 hours. Exactly one week ago, the RKI had recorded 16,033 new infections and 207 new deaths within one day.

The peak of 1244 newly reported deaths had been reached on January 14. The highest value of 33,777 new infections registered within 24 hours had been reached on December 18 – however, it included 3,500 subsequent reports.

The RKI counted 2,755,225 confirmed infections with Sars-CoV-2 in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not detected. The RKI gave the number of those who recovered as 2,477,500. The total number of people who died from or with involvement of a confirmed infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 75,780.

The nationwide seven-day R-value was 1.14, up from 1.08 the previous day, according to the RKI situation report released Friday evening. This means that 100 infected people mathematically infect 114 more people. The value represents in each case the infection occurrence 8 to 16 days ago. If it is below 1 for a longer period of time, the number of infections is decreasing; if it is continuously above 1, the number of cases is increasing.

  • source: derspiegel.de/picture: pixabay.com
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