Corona situation in Germany: seven-day incidence continues to rise


Status: 01/30/2022 07:45 a.m

The RKI records new corona highs every day: the incidence is now 1156.8 nationwide – although experts assume that the cases are underreported. Bremen also criticizes the hospitalization incidence.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has reported a further increase in the seven-day incidence and thus a new record for Germany. The RKI gave the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week on Sunday morning as 1156.8. For comparison: the day before the value was 1127.7. A week ago, the nationwide incidence was 806.8 (previous month: 207.4).

Seven-day incidence rises to 1156.8

Tagesschau 5:04 a.m., 30.1.2022

The city states of Hamburg and Berlin currently have the highest incidences with 1891.4 and 1848.1, followed by Bremen with 1516.2. The value is lowest in Thuringia (448.5), Saxony (621.5) and Saxony-Anhalt (753.0). In all other federal states it is far above that. Ten countries report an incidence above 1000.

undercoverage likely

The health authorities in Germany reported a total of 118,970 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. A week ago there were 85,440 infections.

Experts assume that there will be a high and increasing number of cases that are not recorded in the RKI data, partly because testing capacities and health authorities are at their limits in many places. In addition, some cities and districts have been reporting problems with the transmission of the number of corona cases for days, which is why the RKI often has to correct the current data upwards during the day.

“Work quarantine” with too many failures?

In view of the high number of cases, Berlin’s Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey can imagine letting infected people work without symptoms. “Should it happen in areas of the most elementary basic care that we can no longer maintain operations with healthy staff alone, we must consider more serious measures,” said the SPD politician to “Bild am Sonntag”. “Then it is an option for those who are infected, but who have no symptoms, to continue to work in certain areas in exceptional cases.”

Such a work quarantine can of course only be implemented under strict protective measures: “Anyone who operates a machine alone in the waterworks or who extinguishes a fire in the fire brigade can do it without major problems with a symptom-free corona infection.” The situation is different for people who deal with patients in the hospital or in nursing.

Bremen criticizes the incidence of hospitalization

The number of corona-infected patients who came to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was 4.72 (Thursday 4.64) according to the RKI. These may also include people with a positive corona test who have another main illness.

Bremen’s Mayor Andreas Bovenschulte criticized this value, the so-called hospitalization incidence. “Since the pandemic has severe restrictions on the incidence of hospitalization, it is imperative that the RKI collect the numbers in the future according to precisely defined and uniform criteria,” said Bovenschulte of the “Bild am Sonntag”.

Bovenschulte’s criticism is based on fluctuations in the reporting quality in the individual federal states. Bremen, which also reports reliable figures on weekends and public holidays, had the highest incidence of hospitalization on Friday at 13.82 – three times higher than the average. Even in November, when corona patients from Saxony were flown to Bremen hospitals, Bremen had a higher value than Saxony, which could not keep up with reporting. Bovenschulte therefore called for changes in the collection of the value “to ensure nationwide comparability”.

59 more deaths

According to the new information, 59 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. The number of people who have died from or were involved in a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic has risen to a total of 117,725. A week ago there were 54 deaths.

The RKI has counted around 9.7 million 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.


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