The number of reported deaths related to the coronavirus has surpassed the 1,000 mark for the first time, a high. Within one day, the German health authorities transmitted 1,129 new deaths to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), according to the RKI figures from Wednesday morning. In addition, 22,459 new infections were reported. Last Wednesday (December 23), 24,740 new infections and the previous high of 962 deaths were reported.
Before Christmas, the RKI had announced that the current figures were only partially comparable with the values of the previous week, as it expected a lower number of tests and fewer reports from the health authorities at the turn of the year. Still, the number of new deaths on Wednesday morning was significantly higher than a week ago.
The number of new infections reported to the health authorities within seven days per 100,000 inhabitants (seven-day incidence) was 141.3 on Wednesday morning. Its previous high was reached on December 22nd at 197.6. However, the differences between the federal states are enormous: Saxony had the highest incidences on Tuesday with 330.0 and Thuringia with 255.1, Lower Saxony had the lowest value with 79.6.
R-value could be underestimated
The RKI has counted 1,687,185 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic (as of December 30th, 00:00). The total number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 32,107 as of Wednesday. The RKI stated the number of people recovered at around 1,302,600.
According to the RKI report from Tuesday evening, the nationwide seven-day R value was 0.67 (Monday: 0.74). This R value means that 100 infected people infect 67 other 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. In its report, however, the RKI emphasizes that at the turn of the year, corona cases are only displayed, recorded and transmitted with a delay, “so that the R value may also be underestimated”.