RKI: Incidence of 553.2 at a new high

Status: 01/18/2022 07:58 a.m

Omicron continues to push the seven-day incidence to 553.2 now. The Robert Koch Institute also registered 74,405 new infections. The actual number could be significantly higher as test labs are pushed to their limits.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has again reported an increase in the nationwide seven-day incidence and thus recorded a new high. The RKI gave the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants as 553.2. For comparison: the day before the value was 528.2, a week ago it was 387.9.

Testlabore am Limit

The health authorities in Germany reported 74,405 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. A week ago there were 45,690 new corona cases. However, the number of actual new infections could be higher, since the sheer volume of tests due to the proliferation of the omicron variant is pushing the laboratories and health authorities to their capacity limits.

“In northern Germany, the test laboratories are already at the limit. We now have positive rates of 30 to 40 percent here, I’ve never experienced anything like this,” said the chairman of the Association of German Laboratory Doctors, Andreas Bobrowski. According to the doctor, more than 90 percent of the detected corona infections can now be traced back to the omicron variant.

193 new deaths

“We can see that things are now also picking up in central and southern German laboratories.” In many places, the capacity limits of the laboratories have already been exceeded, which means that the target time of 24 hours from the swab to the test result can often no longer be met.

According to the RKI, 193 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 322 deaths. The number of people who died from or were involved in a proven infection with SARS-CoV-2 rose to 115,842.

Hospitalization incidence decreased slightly

The RKI has counted 8,074,527 infections with the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections go undetected.

According to the RKI, the number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days – the so-called hospitalization incidence – fell slightly to 3.14. Previously, the value was 3.24.


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