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RKI reports 48,910 new infections

2022-05-20T03:15:47.919Z

The corona key figures are also falling noticeably this Friday. Within 24 hours, the health authorities registered 151 more deaths related to the virus.



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The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the nationwide

seven-day incidence

on Friday morning as

361.8

.

This is evident from numbers that reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 4:55 a.m.

The day before, the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week was 383.2 (previous week: 485.7; previous month: 688.3).

However, the incidence does not provide a complete picture of the infection situation.

Experts have 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.

The health authorities in Germany recently

reported 48,910 new corona infections

(previous week: 68,999 registered infections) and

151 deaths

(previous week: 164) 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, as more and more federal states do not transmit to the RKI, especially at weekends, and report their cases later in the week.

According to the RKI, children are currently diagnosed with flu more often than corona.

The institute writes in its weekly report published on Thursday evening that 5- to 14-year-olds are particularly affected.

The RKI relies on findings from virological surveillance.

"If symptoms of a new respiratory disease such as a cold, sore throat or cough occur, it is strongly recommended - regardless of the vaccination status and also in the case of a negative Covid-19 test result - to avoid contacts and, if necessary, to contact the family doctor's practice," it said.

According to scientific definition, a wave of influenza has not even started in the 2021/22 season, but recently there have been a few more cases of influenza in Germany.

The RKI experts speak of slightly increased influenza activity.

The influenza working group had reported almost 2,000 cases in the past week.

In the case of influenza, a high number of undetected and unreported cases is assumed.

Numbers are falling, pressure remains high

With regard to the development of the corona pandemic, the RKI states that the seven-day incidence continued to fall last week: by 13.5 percent compared to the week before.

Many indicators of hospital admissions and deaths continue to decline.

»The infection pressure remains high with around 400,000 Covid-19 cases reported to the RKI within the last week.«

According to the report, the proportion of the omicron subvariant BA.5 in Germany is growing, but so far at a very low level.

It was 1.4 percent according to the latest available data, a sample from the week before last.

In the weeks before it was 0.5 and 0.3 percent.

However, the growth of the omicron variant BA.2, which has been dominant for some time, seems to have stopped, and the value has now fallen slightly to 97.4 percent.

jok/dpa

Source: spiegel

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