The German health authorities reported 31,849 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute within 24 hours.
In addition, 1,188 other deaths in connection with a Sars-CoV-2 infection were recorded, the RKI announced. That is a new high. 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 136.5 in the morning.
(Status: 8.1.2021, 6.00 a.m.)
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 deal with the numbers.
Test numbers lower over public holidays – high positive rate
Every Wednesday the RKI publishes data on test capacities and tests in Germany in the management report. In calendar week 53, 16.1 percent of the tests were positive – a clear high. The week before it was 12.96 percent and the week before 11.57 percent. In total, the RKI received exactly 789,680 tests carried out in calendar week 53 (previous week: 1,071,001). The sharp decrease in the number of tests and the significant increase in the positive rate are partly due to one another because the tests may have been more symptom-related. 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: 8.1.)
The situation in the federal states
With 3,676.5 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 (2,824.3), Bavaria (2,652.6) and North Rhine-Westphalia (2,341.3). The fewest cases have so far been in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (872.5 per 100,000 inhabitants). (Status: 8.1.)
In absolute numbers, according to the RKI, North Rhine-Westphalia has the most cases with 420,190 confirmed infections. 7,706 people have died in North Rhine-Westphalia in connection with a Sars-CoV-2 infection. So far, 348,143 infections have been confirmed in Bavaria and there have been 7,656 deaths. With 254,652, Baden-Württemberg has the third most laboratory-confirmed infections and 5,337 deaths. According to the RKI, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has the lowest numbers (14,031 infections / 226 deaths). (Status: 8.1.)
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. There are currently 24,201 intensive care beds for adult patients in the registry, of which 3,545 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 5,486 people in intensive care units in Germany who are proven to have Covid-19. 3,106 of them require invasive ventilation. (As of 8.1.)
The intensive register also shows the occupancy of the stations for the individual cities and districts. Read more about the situation in hospitals here.
According to the RKI’s management report, around 24 percent of the Covid 19 patients treated in intensive care units have died so far. (As of 8.1.)
More than 476,000 people in Germany vaccinated
According to the latest information from the RKI, almost 477,000 people in Germany have already received the first of the two doses of a Covid vaccination. This value rose by more than 50,000 within 24 hours. (Status: 8.1., 3 p.m.)
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 9th)
+ 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 later? (As of 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? (As of November 18)
+ Sick people: New findings in the search for medication (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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