Interpretation of the data remains difficult. The Robert Koch Institute assumes that fewer tests have been carried out over the holidays.
The German health authorities reported 16,946 new coronavirus infections within one day on Sunday. In addition, 465 new deaths were recorded within 24 hours, as the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced in the morning. The number of cases recorded is usually lower on Sundays, partly because fewer tests are carried out on the weekend. The data interpretation is currently tricky because coronavirus cases were discovered, recorded, and transmitted with a delay around Christmas and the turn of the year, according to the RKI.
The number of new infections reported to the health authorities within seven days per 100,000 inhabitants (seven-day incidence) was 162.2 on Sunday morning. Its previous height was reached on December 22 at 197.6. However, the differences between the federal states are enormous: Saxony had the highest incidences with 269.8 and Thuringia with 232.4. Bremen had the lowest value with 74.0. Because of the holidays, the authorities should also assess the weekly values with caution.
Almost two million cases
The RKI has counted 1,908,527 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 in Germany since the beginning of the corona virus pandemic. The total number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 40,343. The RKI stated the number of people recovered stands at around 1,525,300.
According to the RKI report on Sunday, the nationwide seven-day R-value was 1.16 (Saturday: 1.17). This means that 100 infected people theoretically infect 116 more people. The value represents the occurrence of 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 coronavirus cases are only discovered, recorded, and transmitted with a delay around the turn of the year, “so that the R-value may be underestimated”.