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The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) put the nationwide
of corona infections on Thursday morning at
This is evident from numbers that reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 5 a.m.
On Wednesday, the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week was 311.8 (previous week: 354.5; previous month: 708.6).
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 that are 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.
The health authorities in Germany recently
reported 58,685 new corona infections
(previous week: 59,888) and
(previous week: 153) 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 a total of 31,725,160 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.
Family Minister Lisa Paus called on the federal states to aggressively use the option of making masks compulsory in schools if the number of corona infections is high in autumn and winter.
"The new Infection Protection Act gives the federal states the opportunity to make use of the mask requirement in schools," said the Green politician to the editorial network Germany.
»My appeal to the federal states is: Use this opportunity in schools if necessary!
That's better than having to cancel classes because too many teachers are sick.«
On August 24, the federal cabinet is to give the green light for the controversial draft by Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) and FDP Justice Minister Marco Buschmann on the corona measures in autumn and winter.
According to the proposal, countries should introduce a mask requirement indoors from October 1 – regardless of the incidence.
The federal states could also do without it, emphasized Lauterbach.
But he expects all federal states to take the measure.
Because, among other things, the end of the summer holidays will probably worsen the corona situation again.