Communication from the RKI: 12,257 new infections and 349 deaths

The number of new infections and deaths has fallen since last week. The seven-day incidence is the national average at 111.1 – but in one district it is still over 400.

The German health authorities reported 12,257 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. In addition, 349 new deaths were recorded within 24 hours, the RKI announced.

On Sundays and Mondays, the number of reported infections and deaths is usually lower than on the other days of the week because fewer tests are carried out on the weekend and some health authorities do not transmit any data to the RKI.

Last Sunday, the RKI recorded 13,882 new infections and 445 new deaths within 24 hours. The high of 1,244 new deaths was reached on January 14th. Among the new infections registered within 24 hours, the highest value was reported on December 18, at 33,777 – but this included 3500 late reports.

Seven-day incidence at 111.1

The number of new infections reported within seven days per 100,000 inhabitants (seven-day incidence) was, according to the RKI, on Sunday morning the national average was 111.1. The incidence varies greatly from region to region: it ranges from 426.6 in the most severely affected Burgenland district in Saxony-Anhalt to only 24.3 in the Friesland district in Lower Saxony.

The previous high of the nationwide seven-day incidence was reached on December 22nd at 197.6. The number fluctuated after that and has been falling again for a few days. The aim of the federal government is to reduce the incidence to below 50.

More than 51,000 dead since the pandemic began

The RKI has counted 2,134,936 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic (as of January 24th, 00:00). The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher as many infections are not detected. The total number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 51,870. The RKI stated the number of people recovered at around 1,807,500. However, this is only an estimate.

According to the RKI situation report on Saturday evening, the nationwide seven-day R-value was 1.01 (previous day: 0.97). This means that 100 infected people theoretically infect 101 more people. The value represents the occurrence of the infection eight to 16 days ago. If it is below 1 for a long time, the infection process subsides.

NDR Info reported on this topic on January 24, 2021 at 6:44 a.m.


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