The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has reported an increase in the seven-day incidence rate nationwide, once again reaching an all-time high. The RKI gave the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week on Tuesday morning with 1441.0. For comparison, the previous day the value had been 1426.0, and a week ago 1206.2 (previous month: 335.9). Health offices in Germany reported 169,571 new Corona infections to the RKI within one day. This represents an increase of 4.3 percent compared to last week.
However, the figures have only limited significance. Experts assume a high number of cases that are not recorded in the RKI data. Testing capacities and health offices are at their limits in many places, and contacts are only followed up to a limited extent. In addition, the planned prioritization of PCR tests is likely to increase the number of people who no longer have their infection confirmed via a PCR test - which is therefore not included in the official statistics.
Across Germany, 177 deaths were recorded within 24 hours, according to the new data. A week ago, there had been 188 deaths. The RKI counted 11,287,428 confirmed infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not detected.
Hospital admissions decrease slightly
The number of Corona-infected patients arriving at hospitals per 100,000 population within seven days was reported Monday by the RKI at 5.41 (Sunday: 5.63). This may include people with positive Corona tests who have another primary illness. The RKI gave the number of those recovered on Tuesday as 8,257,400. The number of people who died from or with the involvement of a confirmed infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 118,943.
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