Corona pandemic: Incidence exceeds 700

Status: 01/21/2022 06:56 a.m

The nationwide incidence rises to 706.3, the RKI puts the number of new infections at 140,160. But with the increasing numbers, the data transmitted by the authorities is also becoming less complete – but according to the RKI they remain important.

The nationwide 7-day incidence reported by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has exceeded the threshold of 700 for the first time. The RKI gave the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week as 706.3. For comparison: the day before the value was 638.8. A week ago, the nationwide incidence was 470.6 (previous month: 306.4).

The number of new infections is increasing

The health authorities in Germany reported 140,160 new corona infections to the RKI within one day – another high. This is evident from numbers that reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 05:01 a.m. A week ago there were 92,223 infections. According to the new information, 170 deaths were recorded in Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 286 deaths. The RKI has counted 8,460,546 infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was 3.56 (Wednesday: 3.34) according to the RKI. According to the RKI, 7,178,000 people have recovered. The number of those who died from or involved a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 116,485.

The constantly new highs in new infections are also having a stronger impact on the hospitals – but so far not so much on the intensive care units. According to the German Hospital Society, the burden on the normal wards increased significantly in regions with high numbers of omicron infections. “Looking at the numbers, the burden in the intensive care unit seems to be decreasing, but the burden on the normal ward remains high or even increases significantly,” said CEO Gerald Gass to the newspapers of the editorial network Germany.

Experts expect more and more new infections that cannot be recorded or are reported late, partly because laboratories and health authorities are increasingly reaching their capacity limits. The RKI also expects that the maximum deflection of the omicron wave in Germany cannot be precisely measured by reporting data. “However, the magnitude and the decisive trends in the epidemiological development are reliably displayed,” writes the RKI in the Corona weekly report on Thursday evening.

According to the RKI, reporting data is still important

According to the report, reporting data “remains of great importance for management and decisions on on-site measures during the omicron wave”. However, they should not be considered alone, but together with findings from other monitoring systems for acute respiratory diseases. The severity of the disease thus becomes more important for the assessment of the situation.

Therefore, the report now also includes several estimates of the incidence of Covid-19 patients with symptoms of the disease of varying severity. For example, it was now estimated for the second week of 2022 “that around 0.4 to 1.2 percent of children and adolescents up to the age of 14 and 0.5 to 1.1 percent of the population aged 15 and over have Covid-19 with symptoms of a acute respiratory disease”. The incidences of doctor visits and hospital treatments against the background of Covid-19 are also estimated accordingly. This information comes from various sources, such as information from the population about doctor visits.

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