Berlin The German health authorities reported 14,022 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. In addition, 839 new deaths were recorded within 24 hours, as the RKI announced on Friday morning. Last Friday, the RKI recorded 17,862 new infections and 859 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.
The number of new infections reported within seven days per 100,000 inhabitants (seven-day incidence) was 94.4 on Friday morning, according to the RKI. Its previous high was reached on December 22nd at 197.6. The number fluctuated after that and has been falling again for a few days – on Thursday it was below 100 for the first time since the end of October.
The RKI has counted 2,192,850 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic (as of January 29, 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 55,752. The RKI stated the number of people recovered to be around 1,898,900.
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The nationwide seven-day R-value was 0.90 according to the RKI situation report from Thursday evening (previous day 0.87). This means that 100 infected people infect 90 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.
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 from all over Germany on new infections, recoveries or deaths and transmit them to the RKI. The offices must adhere to strict rules.
Covid-19 cases that meet the RKI case definition must be electronically transmitted by the responsible health department to the responsible state authority no later than the next working day.
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 person concerned.
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