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"Have a high number of unreported cases": Virologist Streeck assumes significantly more corona infections

In Germany, the number of new corona infections continues to rise. The virologist Hendrik Streeck, however, assumes a high number of unreported cases.

  • The RKI reports a renewed increase in new corona infections.
  • The virologist Hendrick Streeck, however, assumes a high number of unreported cases.
  • This news ticker on Corona * in Germany is updated regularly.

Berlin – Germany is in the middle of the fourth corona wave. To contain the pandemic and protect against further infections, the federal and state governments agreed on new corona rules for Germany on Thursday (November 18). Meanwhile, the nationwide seven-day incidence has risen again.

Corona in Germany: Infections are increasing again

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week as 340.7 on Friday morning (November 19). For comparison: the previous day the value was 336.9, a week ago it was 263.7 (previous month: 75.1). The health authorities in Germany reported 52,970 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. This is evident from the numbers that reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 3:48 a.m. Exactly one week ago there were 48,640 infections.

According to the new information, 201 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 191 deaths. The RKI has counted 5,248,291 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 are not recognized.

Corona in Germany: RKI reports current hospitalization rate

The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days – the most important parameter for a possible tightening of the corona restrictions – was given by the RKI Thursday at 5.30 (Wednesday: 5.15). With the indicator it must be taken into account that hospital admissions are sometimes reported with delay. A nationwide threshold, from when the situation can be viewed critically, is not provided for the incidence of hospitalization, among other things because of large regional differences. The previous high was around 15.5 around Christmas last year.

“Have a high number of unreported cases”: Virologist Streeck assumes significantly more infections

While the number of infections is already increasing, the Bonn virologist Hendrik Streeck assumes that there are significantly more cases than are known. “We have a high number of unreported cases. One can assume that we currently have many more infected people than the incidence would lead us to believe, “says the director of the institutes for virology and HIV research at the University of Bonn, in the podcast” Die Wochenester “from” Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger ” “And” RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland “in conversation with the podcast moderators Wolfgang Bosbach and Christian Rach.

Streeck criticizes the current parameters in the assessment of the pandemic: “We are sticking to the incidence, but it is only a case incidence and not a real epidemiological one.” He complains: “In this pandemic we did not manage to collect really reliable data , where we know exactly how high the incidence is. “( jbr / dpa )

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