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12,298 new corona infections – incidence at 68.0

The number of reported new infections with the coronavirus continues to decline. However, the infection situation could be better than it actually is.

Berlin (dpa) – The health authorities in Germany reported 12,298 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. This is evident from the numbers from Thursday morning, which reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 7:20 a.m.

For comparison: a week ago the value was 17,419 infections. The RKI gave the 7-day incidence on Thursday morning as nationwide 68.0 (previous day: 72.8; previous week: 103.6).

However, the incidence could paint a better picture of the infection situation than it actually is. Because of public holidays and bridging days like last week, according to the RKI, fewer people visit a doctor, which means that fewer samples are taken and fewer laboratory tests are carried out. This means that fewer pathogens are reported to the health authorities.

According to the laboratory association ALM, the number of laboratory tests fell significantly compared to the previous weeks: From May 10 to 16, around 933,000 PCR tests were recorded, around 160,000 fewer than the week before, the association said on Tuesday Accredited laboratories in medicine (ALM). It is conceivable that the sharp decrease in the number of tests contributed to the decline in the nationwide seven-day incidence.

According to the information, 237 further deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 278 dead.

The RKI has counted a total of 3,626,393 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, however, since many infections are not recognized. The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered at around 3,358,000. The number of people who died with or with the involvement of a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 is now given as 86,902.

The nationwide seven-day R-value was 0.76 (previous day: 0.73) according to the RKI situation report from Wednesday evening. This means that 100 infected people theoretically infect 76 more people. The R-value represents the occurrence of the infection 8 to 16 days ago. If it is below 1 for a longer period of time, the infection process subsides; if it is consistently higher, the number of cases increases.

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