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Corona news on Monday: The most important developments on Sars-CoV-2 and Covid-19

In Germany, almost 11,000 new infections with the coronavirus were recorded within one day. As the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on Monday morning, citing information from the health authorities, a further 10,976 cases of infection were recorded.

According to the RKI, the number of people who died with or from the coronavirus in Germany has exceeded the limit of 30,000. The health authorities reported 348 more deaths within 24 hours – the number rose to 30,126.

The number of cases of the newly infected and the victims are only partially comparable with the values โ€‹โ€‹of the previous week, as the RKI expected a lower number of tests and fewer reports from the health authorities during the holidays and at the turn of the year. Exactly one week ago, 16,643 new infections were reported within one day. The highest number of deaths of 952 was recorded on December 16.

The number of new infections reported to the health authorities within seven days per 100,000 inhabitants (seven-day incidence) was 157.8 on Monday morning. Its previous high was reached last Tuesday at 197.6. However, the differences between the federal states are enormous: The highest incidences on Monday were Saxony with 371.3 and Thuringia with 288.2, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania had the lowest value with 77.0.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the RKI has counted 1,651,834 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 in Germany (as of December 28, 12 a.m.). The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered at around 1,255,700.

According to the RKI report on Sunday, the nationwide seven-day R value was 0.83 (Saturday: 0.89). This R value means that 100 infected people theoretically infect 83 more people. The value represents the occurrence of the infection 8 to 16 days ago. If it is below 1 for a long time, the infection process subsides. However, the RKI writes in its report that during the holidays and at the turn of the year, corona cases are only displayed, recorded and transmitted with a delay, “so that the R value may also be underestimated”.

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