Germany – RKI registers 24,097 new COVID 19 cases

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05:27: Health offices in Germany have reported 24,097 new Corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. In addition, 246 new deaths were recorded within 24 hours. This is according to figures released by the RKI on Saturday morning. Because of the holidays and school vacations, the RKI’s Corona figures may not yet be comparable to those before Easter. A week ago, the RKI had recorded 18,129 new infections and 120 new deaths within one day.

The number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants reported within seven days was 120.6 nationwide on Saturday morning, according to the RKI. The data reflect the status of the RKI dashboard as of 03:08; subsequent changes or additions by the RKI are possible.

The previous day, the RKI reported this seven-day incidence at 110.4, up from more than 130 a week ago. The incidence value should be taken with a grain of salt at the moment and is likely to be too low due to fewer tests and reports over Easter.

The RKI expects the incidence value to be resilient again in the course of the coming week. On Friday, RKI President Lothar Wieler had stressed in Berlin that there was already enough other data to provide information about the actual situation. “This development unfortunately shows that the situation is very, very serious.” According to data from around 70 clinics nationwide, more and more people, and younger and younger people, were having to be treated in hospitals for serious respiratory infections. Intensive care units were filling up rapidly, he said.
The RKI counted 2,980,413 confirmed infections with Sars-CoV-2 in Germany since the pandemic began. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections go undetected. The RKI gave the number of people who recovered as about 2,661,500. The total number of people who died from or with the involvement of a confirmed infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 78,249.

The nationwide seven-day R score was 0.90, up from 0.80 the previous day, according to the RKI situation report released Friday evening. That means that 100 infected people mathematically infect 90 more people. “The 7-day R-value is currently below 1, taking into account the influence of the Easter holidays,” the RKI wrote. The values could only be evaluated in a few days. In each case, the R value maps the infection incidence from 8 to 16 days ago. If it lies for longer time under 1, the infection happening slackens. If it is persistently higher, the number of cases increases.

  • sources: rki.de and spiegel.de/picture: pixabay.com
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