Incidence decreases significantly: RKI reports further decreasing trend in corona numbers

So far, the decline in corona indicators in Germany has continued.

Incidence decreases significantly: RKI reports further decreasing trend in corona numbers

So far, the decline in corona indicators in Germany has continued. For the past week, the RKI has again reported fewer recorded cases and fewer Covid 19 patients in the hospitals. However, there is an increase in other respiratory diseases.

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the decreasing trend in reported corona cases in Germany has continued. Nationwide, the seven-day incidence last week fell again by 17 percent compared to the week before, according to the RKI weekly report on the development of the corona pandemic.

Most recently, the RKI gave the nationwide seven-day incidence as 186.9, exactly one month ago it was 584. According to experts, however, the value of new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week only provides a very incomplete picture of the number of infections. For some time now, a high number of cases not recorded by the RKI has been assumed - mainly because not all infected people have a PCR test done. Only positive PCR tests count in the statistics.

According to the RKI weekly report, the highest incidences in the past week were people over the age of 90, for whom the smallest decrease in incidence values ​​was noted since the week before. According to registration data, around 568,000 people in Germany are currently active and have been proven to be infected.

The number of hospital treatments for Covid-19 also continued to fall, according to the report. Accordingly, fewer seriously ill people were treated with the virus in the intensive care units in the country. The RKI also reports a decrease in outbreaks in old people's and nursing homes.

The decline in the number of cases has been apparent since mid-October, it said. However, the number of deaths associated with a corona outbreak both in medical facilities and in old people's and nursing homes rose again slightly compared to the previous week.

According to the RKI, however, the number of acute respiratory diseases such as coughs, runny noses, sore throats and others has “increased significantly” compared to the previous week and is “above the range of the pre-pandemic years”. A high number of such diseases can also be expected in the coming weeks due to seasonal factors. "In particular, the positive rate and the number of cases of influenza show a clear upward trend." In addition, RSV infections led to increased illnesses and hospital admissions, especially in small children.

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