According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), health authorities in Germany reported 955 new corona infections within a day. This means that the daily case numbers remain at a high level. Since the onset of the Corona crisis, at least 209,653 people in Germany have been shown to be infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus, as the RKI reported on the Internet on Saturday morning (data status 1.8., 0.00 a.m.). As of Friday, the number of new infections registered daily was 870. Due to the increasing number of cases, the RKI fears a trend reversal in Germany. The reason for this is negligence in complying with the rules of conduct.
According to RKI, the number of deaths associated with a corona infection was 9,148 – seven more than the previous day. According to RKI estimates, 192,700 people had survived the infection by Saturday morning. This would mean that approximately 7,800 people in Germany would currently be infected with the corona virus.
According to RKI estimates, the number of reproductions, or R-value for short, with data status on August 1st, 0.00, was 1.13 in Germany (previous day: 1.06). This means that an infected person infects a little more than another person on average. The R-value shows the infection process approximately one and a half weeks beforehand. The RKI also specifies a so-called seven-day R. It refers to a longer period and is therefore less subject to daily fluctuations. According to RKI estimates, this value was 1.20 with data as of August 1st, 0.00, (previous day: 1.19). It shows the infection from 8 to 16 days ago.
Eight months after the first reports of a mysterious new virus originating in Wuhan, China, the confirmed number of infections with the new corona virus is over 17 million worldwide. More than 680,000 people died from an infection. This is the latest data from the University of Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Around 10 million people are now considered to have recovered.
The highest number of victims worldwide comes from the United States with more than 4 million confirmed infections and more than 153,000 deaths. Sars-CoV-2 continues to spread in Brazil as well. More than 2.6 million infections and around 92,000 deaths have been registered here.
The novel corona virus Sars-CoV-2 has spread to around 190 countries around the world. The following graphics and tables are automatically updated several times a day.
It is not known who the patient is 0 in the corona pandemic. Only that he probably got infected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. According to local authorities, the place of origin is said to have been a market. Here, around 1,000 kilometers south of Beijing, the novel corona virus is said to have spread 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, many people will become infected and many will die. The district of Starnberg (Bavaria) reported the first confirmed case in Germany on January 28. The employee of a car supplier got infected from a Chinese colleague. At that time, the Robert Koch Institute classified the danger to the German population as low. But just a few weeks later, the corona virus had spread to every federal state.
For the federal government, maintaining the health system was and remains a priority. Every COVID-19 patient in Germany should receive the best possible medical care. In cooperation with the Robert Koch Institute, the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) 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.
Key figures determine whether the corona measures are relaxed
The other decisive key figure R (“reproduction number”) indicates how many people are infected on average by an infected person. 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. By rigorously cordoning off entire cities and strict curfews, the authoritarian regime managed to contain the epidemic. Other countries in Asia, such as South Korea, have also had success against the virus.
In Europe and North America, governments reacted more slowly to the wave of infections at the beginning of the pandemic. Consequence: The virus overran individual countries in Europe and the USA.
In Europe, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and France were particularly hard hit. In northern Italy, reported infection numbers skyrocketed from the end of February. Around 20 percent of those affected have 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. While it is less than two percent in Germany, it is statistically more than ten percent in Italy. In a single day, more than 900 people died of respiratory disease here.
In general, however, death rates are difficult to compare. This rate relates the number of deaths to the reported infections. Because the testing is different in all countries, the numbers are difficult to compare.
In the meantime, the spread of corona in Europe has slowed. Government measures to create distance between people seem to be having an effect. Case numbers are currently growing fastest in Brazil and still in the United States. So far, the authorities in the United States have counted more than two million infections.
Even experienced virologists dare not predict how the pandemic will develop. But it can already be said that the corona crisis has historical dimensions. Other pathogens have been more lethal to individuals in the past, but due to the extremely high infection rate, never so many people have died from a virus in such a short time in the past 100 years.