Corona news: WHO reports new record of registered new infections

The World Health Organization (WHO) has again registered a record of newly reported corona cases within one day. Worldwide, 307,930 new infections were recently reported within 24 hours, according to WHO data published on September 13th. That is around 1000 cases more than the most recent high a week ago.

Since the pathogen Sars-CoV-2 became known at the end of last year, more than 28.6 million infections have been reported worldwide. However, according to experts, the number of unreported cases is considerable. The front runners in the new cases are India, the USA and Brazil in absolute terms. Spain ranks fourth with around 12,000 new infections within one day.

According to WHO statistics (as of September 13, 13:00 CEST), more than 917,000 infected people have died worldwide so far. The number of deaths reported daily has remained relatively constant recently, according to WHO data. On Sunday around 5,500 deaths were registered in 24 hours.

In Germany, the health authorities in Germany reported 927 new corona infections within one day on September 14. Since the beginning of the Corona crisis, at least 260,355 people in Germany have been shown to have been infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus (data as of September 14, 12.00 a.m.). According to the RKI, the number of deaths in connection with a corona infection is 9350. According to RKI estimates, around 233,300 people had survived the infection by Monday morning.

According to RKI estimates in Germany, the number of reproductions, or R-value for short, was 1.18 (previous day: 1.15) according to a statement on Sunday. This means that one infected person infects a little more than one other person on average. The R-value depicts the infection rate about one and a half weeks beforehand.

In addition, the RKI gives a so-called seven-day R in its current situation report. The value relates to a longer period and is therefore less subject to daily fluctuations. According to RKI estimates, this value was 1.08 (previous day: 1.16). It shows the infection process from eight to 16 days ago.

The new corona virus Sars-CoV-2 has spread to around 190 countries around the world. The following graphics and tables are updated automatically several times a day.

It is not known who patient 0 is in the corona pandemic. Only that he probably got infected in December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan. According to local authorities, the place of origin is said to have been a market. Here, around 1,000 kilometers south of Beijing, the new type of corona virus is said to have jumped from animals to humans. Experts speak of a zoonotic infectious disease.

The fight against the virus will take months, if not years. By the time a vaccine is available, a great many people will become infected and many will die. The district of Starnberg (Bavaria) reported the first confirmed case in Germany on January 28th. An employee of an auto supplier was infected by a Chinese colleague. At that time, the Robert Koch Institute classified the risk to the German population as low. But just a few weeks later, the corona virus had spread in every federal state.

For the federal government, maintaining the health system has been a priority. Every COVID-19 patient in Germany should receive the best possible medical care. The German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI), in cooperation with the Robert Koch Institute, has set up an “intensive care register” that shows the status of all German clinics on a daily basis. The capacities in intensive care medicine in Germany are currently sufficient.

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The other key figure R (“reproductive number”) indicates how many people an infected person infects on average. If R is above 1, the infection spreads faster. If the value is below 1, the number of new infections decreases. The number of reproductions is currently well below 1.

In China, the Sars-CoV-2 virus initially spread very quickly. The authoritarian regime managed to contain the epidemic by rigorously cordoning off entire cities and applying strict curfews. Other Asian countries, such as South Korea, have also achieved success against the virus.

In Europe and North America, governments reacted more hesitantly to the wave of infections at the beginning of the pandemic. The result: the virus overran individual countries in Europe and the USA.

In Europe, the UK, Italy, Spain and France have been particularly hard hit. In northern Italy, the reported infection numbers skyrocketed from the end of February. In around 20 percent of those affected, the disease takes a severe or even very severe course. At times the health system was completely overwhelmed. Result: The death rate was very high compared to the rest of the world. .

In general, however, the death rates are difficult to compare. This rate relates the number of deaths to the reported infections. Since tests are carried out to different degrees in all countries, the numbers are difficult to compare. The spread of Corona has now slowed in Europe. Government measures to create distance between people seem to be having an effect. The fastest growing case numbers are currently in Brazil and still in the United States of America. The authorities in the USA have counted more than two million infections so far.

How the pandemic will develop, even experienced virologists do not dare to predict. But it can already be said that the corona crisis has historical dimensions. Although other pathogens were more deadly for individuals in the past, due to the extremely high infection rate, never have so many people died from a virus in such a short time in the past 100 years.


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