The RKI again reports fewer new corona infections than the day before. But the data is opaque. Test behavior, late registrations and transmission problems distort individual daily values.
Berlin – The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) put the nationwide seven-day incidence on Saturday morning at 417.2. The day before, the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week was 432.2 (previous week: 578.1; previous month: 678.8).
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.
Unclear data situation
The health authorities in Germany recently reported 49,609 new corona infections (previous week: 66,003) and 141 deaths (previous week: 117) 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 31,228,314 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