19 – Current figures on the coronavirus in Germany


The German health authorities reported 21,237 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute within 24 hours.

In addition, 1,019 other deaths related to a Sars CoV-2 infection were recorded, the RKI announced. However, due to the number of tests and delayed reports about the turn of the year, these numbers are only comparable to a limited extent with the values ​​of the previous week. The nationwide average of the so-called seven-day incidence was 127.3 in the morning.

(As of January 6, 2021, midnight)

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In general, the RKI advises that the reported and reported number of cases generally cannot fully reflect the course of the new cases, as it takes different lengths of time after the onset of the disease “to a Covid-19 diagnosis, to report and to submit the case to the RKI “. Here we explain how we handle the numbers.

High test numbers – positive rate increased

Every Wednesday the RKI publishes data on test capacities and tests in Germany in the management report. In calendar week 52, 12.96 percent of the tests were positive. The week before it was 11.57 percent and the week before 11.31 percent. In total, exactly 1,057,269 tests were sent to the RKI in calendar week 52 (previous week: 1,599,120). The RKI points out that the number of tests cannot be equated with the number of people tested – because a person could well have been tested several times. (Status: 5.1.)

The situation in the federal states

With 3,514.8 infections per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest number of infections in relation to the number of inhabitants has so far been recorded in Saxony during the course of the pandemic. This is followed by Berlin (2,745.9), Bavaria (2,581.3) and North Rhine-Westphalia (2,278.9). The fewest cases have so far been in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (822.4 per 100,000 inhabitants). (Status: 6.1.)

In absolute numbers, according to the RKI, North Rhine-Westphalia has the most cases with 408,998 confirmed infections. 7,246 people have so far died in North Rhine-Westphalia in connection with a Sars-CoV-2 infection. So far, 338,786 infections have been confirmed in Bavaria and there have been 7,260 deaths. With 249,397, Baden-Württemberg has the third most laboratory-confirmed infections and 5,180 deaths. According to the RKI, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has the lowest numbers (13,225 infections / 200 deaths). (Status: 6.1.)

Number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care units

In the so-called DIVI intensive care register, clinics report the occupancy of their intensive care units – also with Covid-19 cases. Currently, 24,118 intensive care beds for adult patients are reported in the registry, of which 3,592 are free. It is unclear whether all free beds can be used in an emergency. Doctors and nursing associations have repeatedly pointed out that not enough staff are available for the intensive care units. There are currently 5,656 people in intensive care units in Germany who are proven to have Covid-19. Of these, 3,176 require invasive ventilation. (As of 6.1.)

Vaccinated more than 230,000 people in Germany

According to the RKI, 316,962 people in Germany have already received the first of the two doses of a Covid vaccination. (Status: 5.1.)

The intensive register also shows the occupancy of the stations for the individual cities and districts. You can read more about the situation in hospitals here.

According to the RKI’s management report, around 27 percent of the Covid 19 patients treated in intensive care units have died so far. (As of 5.1.)

Further articles on the coronavirus

We have created a news blog. Given the large amount of information, this provides an overview of the most important current developments.

+ Current developments: Figures on the coronavirus in Germany (as of January 7th)
+ High numbers of corona infections: is the incidence value 50 correct? (As of January 5th)

Test and protection

+ Protection: The vaccination ordinance: who will be vaccinated first, who will be vaccinated later? (Status: December 26th)
+ Dates: How, when and where can I get vaccinated? (Status: 2.1.)
+ Biontech and Pfizer: What is known about the side effects of the corona vaccine (as of December 21)
+ Protection: So it is about the development of vaccines against the coronavirus (status: 06.01.)
+ What good are night curfews (as of 05.12.)
+ Corona infection: how reliable are the tests? (Status: November 18)
+ Sick people: New findings in the search for drugs (as of January 6th)
+ What is the situation like in the hospitals? (Status: 04.01.)

Contagion and Transmission

+ Virus variants: how dangerous are the new mutations of the coronavirus? (Status: 02.01.)
+ Opponents of infection protection measures: What AfD and lateral thinkers have to do with the spread of the coronavirus in Germany (as of December 17)
+ Transfer: What role do aerosols play (as of 10.10.)
+ Excess mortality: how deadly is the coronavirus really? (As of December 30th)
+ Travel warning: The current list of risk areas (as of December 24th)

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