RKI registers 808 new corona infections – incidence at 5.2

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The number of infections in Germany continues to decline.


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How high are the corona numbers in Germany today?

The health authorities in Germany reported 808 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. This is evident from the figures from Wednesday morning, which reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 4:12 a.m. For comparison: a week ago the value was 1016 infections. The RKI gave the seven-day incidence nationwide as 5.2 (previous day: 5.4; previous week: 7.2).

According to this information, 56 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 51 dead. The RKI has counted 3,728,141 detected 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.

The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered at 3,624,200. The number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 90,875.

According to the RKI, the seven-day R-value on Tuesday evening was 0.79 (previous day: 0.79). This means that 100 infected people theoretically infect 79 more people. The R-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.

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What is the RKI?

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is an independent higher federal authority. It is a public health facility and monitors the health of the entire population of Germany. Another central area of ​​the RKI is research; the institute is the central research facility of the Federal Republic of Germany.

President of the Robert Koch Institute has been Lothar H. Wieler since March 1, 2015, who has been the focus of reporting since the outbreak of the corona pandemic in Germany.

How does the RKI get the current corona numbers?

The Robert Koch Institute continuously records the current Covid-19 situation. It evaluates all information on the basis of current surveys and estimates the risk for the population in Germany. The RKI regularly announces the current number of corona cases in Germany.

The health authorities receive figures on new infections, recoveries or deaths from all over Germany and transmit them to the RKI. The offices have to adhere to strict rules.

Covid-19 cases that meet the case definition of the RKI must be electronically transmitted by the responsible health department to the responsible state authority by the next working day at the latest.

From there, the information must be transmitted to the RKI no later than the next working day. This data may not contain the name, place of residence or contact details of the persons concerned.

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