Dhe health authorities in Germany reported 1,076 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. This is evident from the numbers from Friday morning, which reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 4:52 a.m., subsequent changes or additions to the RKI are possible.
For comparison: a week ago the value was 2440 infections. According to the information, 91 new deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 102 dead. The total number of people who died with or with the involvement of a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 is now given as 90,270.
The seven-day incidence was given by the RKI on Friday morning as 10.3 nationwide. The day before it was at 11.6; in the previous week at 18.6. The institute has counted 3,720,031 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 3,598,100.
Warning against excessive loosening
According to the RKI situation report, the nationwide seven-day R-value was 0.72 on Thursday afternoon; the day before it was 0.71. This means that 100 infected people theoretically infect 72 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.
Meanwhile, world medical chief Frank Ulrich Montgomery warns against too rapid easing steps in Germany in view of the particularly contagious delta variant of the corona virus. It is to be expected that the Delta variant in Germany will spread even faster than the other previous forms of the virus, Montgomery told the newspapers of the Funke media group. As long as not enough people have been vaccinated, the risk of infection in everyday life must be reduced.
In public transport, in shops and other indoor areas, FFP2 masks should definitely continue to be worn, said the President of the World Medical Association. The federal states should now check whether the easing they announced did not go too far. They should “have the political size to take back announced easing if the number of infections should rise again due to the delta variant”.
Montgomery cited the example of the British government. This had announced on Monday that due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant in the United Kingdom, the planned lifting of the last corona restrictions would be postponed by four weeks. Despite the vaccination progress in Great Britain, the delta variant is currently causing the number of infections to shoot up again. On Thursday, the United Kingdom recorded more than 10,000 new corona infections in one day for the first time since the end of February.
Montgomery described it as “the insidious thing” of the Delta mutant, which was first discovered in India, “that infected people very quickly have a very high viral load in their throats and can thus infect others before they even notice that they are infected”. In view of the Delta variant, the German medical officers urged more speed in expanding the health authorities. “We have to monitor the proportion of the Delta variant in the new infections very closely,” said the chairwoman of the Federal Association of Doctors in the Public Health Service, Ute Teichert, of the Funke newspapers. Among other things, this will require more staff in the health authorities. Teichert pointed out that the pact for the public health service had agreed to create 1,500 new posts for medical professionals in the health departments by the end of the year. Most of these positions have not yet been filled.
According to the latest data on the Delta variant in Germany, which the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) published on Wednesday, the proportion of this mutant in all corona infections examined in more detail in the 22nd calendar week (from May 31) was included 6.2 percent. In the previous week it was only 3.7 percent. According to the RKI, the delta variant has already been proven in all federal states. Only in ten percent of the cases was the infection with this virus mutant presumably carried out abroad.
Meanwhile, the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus has passed the four million mark worldwide, according to a count by the Reuters news agency. Analysis by Reuters shows that it took the death toll over a year to hit the two million mark, while the next two million were recorded in just 166 days.
The five countries with the most deaths – the United States, Brazil, India, Russia, and Mexico – represent about 50 percent of all coronavirus deaths in the world, while Peru, Hungary, Bosnia, the Czech Republic, and Gibraltar have the highest when population size is taken into account Exhibit death rates.