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Oktoberfest: The corona numbers are increasing sharply in Munich


As feared, the Oktoberfest has probably led to an increase in the incidence of corona in Munich: it has risen by around 77 percent - significantly more than in the rest of Germany. The Oktoberfest lasts until the weekend.

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A week and a half after the start of the Oktoberfest, the corona numbers in Munich are increasing faster and faster: On a weekly basis, the incidence has risen by almost 77 percent to 424.9, according to figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Tuesday morning.

That is significantly more than the Bavaria-wide increase of 43.1 percent or the German increase of 29.4 percent.

The incidence is the number of new corona infections recorded per 100,000 people within seven days.

Since the health authorities report practically no new cases to the RKI on weekends, Tuesday is usually the first day of the week when there is a significant increase in incidence.

A connection between the increase and the Oktoberfest can hardly be proven at the moment, but it is obvious: there was also a significant increase in the incidences at other folk festivals around a week and a half after the start.

Often these were then increased for a good week.

Experts had also predicted a Wiesn wave in the run-up to the Oktoberfest.

In the meantime, however, the incidence figures have lost their meaningfulness.

Experts have been assuming for some time that there will be a high number of corona cases not recorded by the RKI - mainly because many infected people no longer have a PCR test done.

Only positive PCR tests are included in the statistics.

In addition, late registrations and transmission problems can lead to the distortion of individual daily values.


Source: spiegel

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