Berlin The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the national seven-day incidence on Saturday morning at 752.7. This is evident from the numbers that reflect the state of the RKI dashboard at 5 a.m. The day before, the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week was 719.2 (previous week: 700.3; previous month: 480.0). However, the incidence does not give a complete picture of the infection situation.
Experts have assumed for some time that there will be a large number of cases not registered by the RKI – mainly because not all infected people undergo a PCR test. Only positive PCR tests count in the statistics. In addition, late registrations or transmission problems can lead to distortion of individual daily values.
German health authorities recently reported 123,046 new corona infections (previous week: 95,919) and 134 deaths (previous week: 104) to the RKI in one day. Here too, data comparisons are only possible to a limited extent due to test behavior, late recordings or transmission problems. In general, the number of new infections and recorded deaths varies widely from weekday to weekday, as many federal states do not report them to the RKI, especially on weekends, and report their cases later. during the week.
The RKI has counted 29,692,989 detected Sars-CoV-2 infections since the start of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections go undetected.
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What is the RKI?
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is an independent supreme federal authority. It is a public health care institution that monitors the health of the entire German population. Another central area of the RKI is research, the institute is considered the central research center of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Since March 1, 2015, the president of the Robert Koch Institute has been Lothar H. Wieler, who has been increasingly the subject of news reports since the outbreak of the corona pandemic in Germany.
How does the RKI obtain the current corona numbers?
The Robert Koch Institute continuously records the current Covid-19 situation. It evaluates all information based on current investigations and assesses the risk for the population in Germany. The RKI regularly announces the current number of corona cases in Germany.
The health authorities receive figures on new infections, recoveries or deaths from all over Germany and forward them to the RKI. The authorities must respect strict rules.
Covid-19 cases that meet the RKI’s case definition must be transmitted electronically by the responsible health authority to the responsible state authority no later than the next business day.
From there, the information must be forwarded to the RKI no later than the next working day. This data should not contain the name, place of residence or contact details of the data subject.
What does the hospitalization rate mean?
The number, also known as hospitalization incidence, shows how many corona patients per 100,000 people were admitted to clinics in seven days. This is an important parameter for a possible tightening of corona restrictions. However, there is no national threshold as to when the situation can be considered critical. The reason for this is that the incidence of hospitalizations shows too great regional differences.
In October, the value was 1.9. The previous high was around Christmas time at around 15.5. It should be taken into account here that hospital admissions are sometimes reported late.
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