Berlin The German health authorities reported a total of 14,455 new corona infections within 24 hours. In addition, 240 more deaths were recorded, as the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on Saturday morning. However, these figures are only partially comparable with the values of the previous week.
The RKI expected a lower number of tests and fewer reports from the health authorities during the holidays. Last Saturday, 31,300 new infections were transmitted within one day. The previous high was reached on Friday a week ago with 33,777 infections, but that included 3500 late registrations. The highest number of deaths of 952 was reached last Wednesday (December 16).
The number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants (seven-day incidence) reported to the health authorities within seven days was 170.7 on Saturday. A high of 197.6 was reached on Tuesday.
The RKI has counted 1,627,103 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic (as of December 26th, 00:00). The total number of people who died with or with a proven Sars-CoV-2 infection rose to 29,422 as of Saturday.
According to the RKI report on Thursday, the nationwide seven-day R value was 0.97 (previous day: 0.92) – there is no more recent value because the RKI did not publish a corresponding situation report on Friday evening due to the holiday. This R value means that 100 infected people infect 97 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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