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RKI reports 9146 new infections: the seven-day incidence drops to 65.4

RKI reports 9146 new infections
Seven-day incidence drops to 65.4

The incidence of infections in Germany is ten days after the first opening steps at a relatively stable level: the seven-day incidence has fallen slightly, but the number of new cases has increased somewhat compared to the week.

The health authorities in Germany reported 9146 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. In addition, 300 more deaths were recorded within 24 hours. This is evident from the RKI figures. Exactly one week ago, the RKI had recorded 9019 new infections and 418 new deaths within one day. The data reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 4.50 a.m., subsequent changes or additions are possible. The dashboard has not yet shown any new cases for Hamburg; on average, there were recently around 200 new cases every day in the Hanseatic city.

According to the RKI, the number of new infections reported within seven days per 100,000 inhabitants (seven-day incidence) was 65.4 nationwide in the morning – and thus lower than the previous day (67.5). Four weeks ago, on February 10, the incidence had been 68. The number of new infections in Germany fell significantly for weeks in January and February. However, it has recently stagnated, which could also be due to the spread of more contagious variants. The high of 1,244 newly reported deaths was reached on January 14th.

New cases vs. seven-day incidence

How can the seven-day incidence decrease even though the number of cases increases compared to the previous week? The explanation is that a different database is used for the two key figures. The daily number of cases results from the day before electronically to the Robert Koch Institute reported new infections. The Seven-day incidence On the other hand, the RKI calculates using the data from the previous week registered with the local health authorities were. Often there are still missing cases for the respective day, so that the database is lower than the daily number of cases – as a result, the seven-day incidence often “lags” a little behind the actual development.

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 2,518,591 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 around 2,328,700. The total number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 72,489.

According to the RKI management report from Tuesday evening, the nationwide seven-day R-value was 0.97 (previous day 1.03). This means that 100 infected people theoretically infect 97 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.

Note: The RKI figures usually deviate slightly from the case data that reports daily in the evening. The data team has direct access to the registration figures from the federal states as published by the local ministries and authorities. The RKI, on the other hand, is bound to the legally prescribed reporting channels, which can lead to a delay.

In addition, the respective daily values ​​map different recording periods: the ntv evaluation collects the country information published by the evening and uses this to calculate a daily status of the reported number of cases, which is usually published from 8 p.m. The RKI’s recording system, on the other hand, takes incoming reports into account until midnight, with the current data status being announced the following morning.

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