Berlin. The infection situation in Germany continues to worsen. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the seven-day incidence was last at 124.9, as shown by figures from Saturday morning. The value is now higher than it has been since January 19 (131.5). The data reflect the status of the RKI dashboard from 5 a.m., subsequent changes or additions to the RKI are possible.
On Friday the RKI had given 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 inhabitants and week and is an important indicator for the course of the pandemic. After the number of new infections fell significantly in lockdown by around mid-February, the number of infections recently rose sharply again – which experts also attribute to the widespread use of more contagious variants.
More than 20,000 new infections in Germany
The health authorities in Germany reported 20,472 new corona infections to the RKI over the course of Friday, as it was called 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 high of 1,244 newly reported deaths was reached on January 14th. Among the new infections registered within 24 hours, the highest value was reached on December 18 with 33,777 – but it contained 3500 late reports.
The RKI has counted 2,755,225 detected 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 stated the number of those who had recovered at 2,477,500. The total number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 75,780.
According to the RKI management report on Friday evening, the nationwide seven-day R-value was 1.14 (previous day 1.08). This means that 100 infected people theoretically infect 114 more people. The value represents the occurrence of the infection 8 to 16 days ago. If it is below 1 for a longer period of time, the infection process subsides; if it is consistently higher, the number of cases increases.
When assessing the measures, the capacities of intensive care beds, equipment and staff are also important. The German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) recently recorded 3,334 corona patients who need intensive medical treatment in 1,280 hospitals in Germany. 55 percent of corona intensive care patients have to be artificially ventilated. In addition, DIVI recorded 20,724 intensive care beds occupied. 3,284 beds are still available.
This must be taken into account when assessing the infection situation
Progress in vaccinations also has an impact on the dynamics of infections. According to the official vaccination dashboard, 10 percent of the total population have received a first vaccination dose since the start of the vaccination campaign, and 4.4 percent have received full vaccination protection. A total of 12,040,271 vaccine doses were administered.
The positive rate is a key figure that indicates how many of the corona tests carried out are actually positive. If the positive rate increases, this is an indication that the infection rate could increase. Every Wednesday the RKI publishes the newly calculated values in its situation report. If 12.83 percent of the tests were positive at the beginning of the year, it was 8.44 percent at the end of January. By the beginning of March, the rate fell further to a value of around 6.1 percent. In the week of March 8-14, it rose again – to 6.8.
A positive corona test says nothing about infectivity
If a corona test is positive, it means that those tested have been infected with Sars-CoV-2. However, it does not mean that they are also infectious and can infect others. The level of infection risk depends on the amount of virus.
The virus concentration describes the so-called Ct value. The higher this figure, the lower the virus concentration and the less likely it is that the infected can infect other people. The RKI points out that the Ct value can vary depending on the sampling and test method.