In Germany, 1129 deaths related to the coronavirus became known within 24 hours - the number marks a new sad high.
The number of reported deaths related to the coronavirus has hit a record high. The German health authorities reported 1,129 new deaths to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within a day.
That comes from the RKI numbers from Wednesday morning. In addition, 22,459 new infections were reported. Last Wednesday (December 23), 24,740 new infections and a 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.
Enormous differences between the federal states
The number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants (seven-day incidence) reported to the health authorities within seven days was 141.3 on Wednesday morning. The figures reached their previous high on December 22 at 197.6. The federal states' differences are enormous, though: Saxony had the highest incidences on Tuesday with 330.0 and Thuringia with 255.1, Lower Saxony had the lowest with 79.6.
The RKI has counted 1,687,185 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic (as of December 30, 12 a.m.). 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 infection 8 to 16 days ago. If it is below 1 for a long time, the infection process subsides. However, in its report, the RKI emphasizes that the R-value, like the number of new infections, may be underestimated.