The corona virus continues to be rampant in Germany. The Robert Koch Institute publishes the current number of corona cases for August 12th.
Berlin/Frankfurt – The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) put the nationwide seven-day corona incidence on Friday morning at 345.9. This emerges from figures that reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 3:08 a.m. The day before, the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week was 354.5 (previous week: 432.2; previous month: 607.0).
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.
Corona situation in Germany: RKI reports current new infections and incidence
The health authorities in Germany recently reported 49,839 new corona infections (previous week: 59,506) and 167 deaths (previous week: 165) 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 31,489,484 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.
Corona in Germany: An overview of developments over the past week
|Friday (12 August)||49,839||167||345.9|
|Thursday (11 August)||59,888||153||354.5|
|Wednesday (10 August)||72,737||213||366.8|
|Tuesday (9 August)||78,698||170||381.5|
|Saturday (August 6th)||49,609||141||417.2|
|Friday (5 Aug)||59,506||165||432.2|
|source||Dashboard Robert Koch Institute/RKI|
Corona pandemic in Germany: Inaccurate picture of the current infection situation
The current number of cases and incidences do not provide a clear picture of the current infection situation. In general, the number of registered new infections and deaths varies significantly from weekday to weekday, since many federal states do not transmit to the RKI, especially on weekends and public holidays, and only report the cases later in the course of the week. Therefore, the RKI no longer publishes figures on Sundays and Mondays.
Current Corona case numbers: Important information about the figures from the RKI
- When considering the values, it must be taken into account that some countries do not report data on every day of the week. At the weekend, the transmission by health authorities is not legally obligatory. Since there are no direct consequences at state or federal level, fewer and fewer health authorities and federal states are transmitting the data on Saturdays and Sundays. There may also be delays on public holidays.
- Daily fluctuations should therefore not be overestimated, especially at the weekend and at the beginning of the week. This in turn leads to late registrations on the following days. A comparison of daily values is therefore becoming increasingly difficult. For the assessment of the course, the consideration of the weekly comparison is therefore more expedient.
- Experts have also been assuming for some time that there will be a large number of cases not recorded by the RKI – due to overworked health authorities and because not all infected people have a PCR test done. Only these count in the statistics. In addition, late registrations or transmission problems can lead to a distortion of individual daily values.
- Therefore, when interpreting the current number of cases, it should be noted that there may be an increased under-recording of cases in the reporting system due to the lower testing, reporting and transmission activity. A detailed assessment of the epidemiological situation takes place every Thursday in the weekly report of the RKI.
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