The RKI once again reports fewer new corona infections and a reduced seven-day incidence. But the data situation remains opaque – this is mainly due to the reporting behavior of the countries.
Berlin – The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) put the nationwide seven-day incidence of corona infections on Thursday morning at 314.2. On Wednesday, the number of new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week was 311.8 (previous week: 354.5; previous month: 708.6). However, this information only provides a very incomplete picture of the number of infections.
Experts have been assuming for some time that there will be a large number of cases not recorded by the RKI – mainly because by far not all infected people have a PCR test done. Only positive PCR tests count in the statistics. In addition, late registrations or transmission problems can lead to a distortion of individual daily values.
Comparisons are only possible to a limited extent
The health authorities in Germany recently reported 58,685 new corona infections (previous week: 59,888) and 184 deaths (previous week: 153) to the RKI within one day. Here, too, comparisons of the data are only possible to a limited extent due to the test behavior, late registrations or transmission problems.
In general, the number of registered new infections and deaths varies significantly from weekday to weekday, since many federal states do not transmit them to the RKI, especially at weekends, and report their cases later in the week.
The RKI has counted 31,725,160 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections go undetected. dpa