Status: 07.12.2021 6:28 p.m.
Suspiciously low numbers of infections were recently reported for Saxony, which is badly affected by the pandemic. Apparently the offices can no longer keep up with the registration. 7000 cases are included in the statistics with a delay.
In Saxony, the strikingly low number of infections suggested that not all actual cases had been recorded or transmitted to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
On Tuesday, the number of infections was well below the previously reported numbers, according to statistics published by the RKI. While the RKI only recorded 949 infections from Saxony, the Saxon state government put the number at 7,974.
According to their data, the number of corona deaths was 38, according to the RKI it was twelve.
The number of new weekly infections per 100,000 inhabitants was 1082.1 after it was 1234.4 on Monday.
The Saxon Ministry of Social Affairs admitted a technical problem when asked. It remained unclear why the RKI could not upload the data. There was no error message when the data was delivered, according to the ministry. The data was sent to the RKI again in the morning by email.
Minister of Social Affairs Petra Köpping (SPD) had repeatedly made it clear that due to the fact that the offices are overloaded, not all infection numbers can be reported on time.
The Zwickau district office admitted on request that there was a “backlog” in the health department. The agency’s staff are also absent due to infections and quarantine orders.
Saxony has had the highest incidence in Germany and the lowest vaccination rate for a long time. The districts of Meissen and Central Saxony have the highest incidences with values of 2380.9 and 1606.8, respectively.
The State Ministry of Social Affairs has now announced stricter measures. For example, catering establishments in hotspots with an incidence of over 1500 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants should have to close within a week.
Incidence fell slightly nationwide
Nationwide, the nationwide seven-day incidence has fallen slightly. The RKI gave the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week at 432.2. For comparison: the day before the value was 441.9, a week ago it was 452.2 (previous month: 191.5).
The health authorities reported 36,059 new corona infections to the RKI within one day – significantly fewer than in the previous week, when there were 45,753 infections.
However, experts are currently assuming a noticeable underreporting. Health authorities and clinics can no longer keep up with reporting cases, at least in individual regions.
The 7,000 missing infections in Saxony are likely to flow into the RKI statistics on Wednesday and again distort the nationwide data on infections and deaths.
Nadine Bader, ARD Berlin, on the falling number of corona infections
daily news 12:00 p.m., December 7th, 2021
399 new deaths
The number of deaths related to the coronavirus remains at a high level: 399 deaths were recorded throughout Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 388 deaths. The number of people who died of or involving a proven corona infection rose to 103,520.
More than six million infections since the start of the pandemic
The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was given by the RKI on Monday as 5.32 (Friday: 5.52). According to the institute, 6,222,020 people have been infected with the virus so far, the RKI stated the number of people recovered at 5,170,400.