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Corona crisis: RKI reports increases in incidence and infections


Within 24 hours, the health authorities in Germany registered 128 more deaths related to the corona virus. The seven-day incidence is well over 400.

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Corona test in Heidelberg (symbol image)

Photo: Uwe Anspach / dpa

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the nationwide

seven-day incidence

on Wednesday morning at



This is evident from numbers that reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 5 a.m.

In the previous week, the number of new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week was 379.6 (previous month: 215.0).

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 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 and transmission problems can lead to the distortion of individual daily values.

The health authorities in Germany recently

reported 133,532 new corona infections

(previous week: 95,811) and

128 deaths

(previous week: 138) 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 and 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 33,519,761 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.

Long Covid consequences warnings

The President of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Gerald Haug, still sees a considerable need for research on Long Covid.

"Long Covid is a severely underestimated problem with only limited treatment options so far," Haug told the dpa news agency.

He himself knows affected "young sporty people who don't even have an hour of energy a day".

»The causes and the different symptoms are not yet fully understood.«

According to an analysis carried out for the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 17 million people in Europe were affected by long-COVID symptoms in the first two years of the pandemic.

The research suggests that women are twice as likely to develop Long Covid than men.

In addition, the long-Covid risk increases drastically after a severe corona infection, the treatment of which required hospitalization.


Source: spiegel

All tech articles on 2022-10-05

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