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IN NUMBERS: What we know about the current coronavirus situation in Germany

Around five months on from the first confirmed coronavirus case in Germany, we take a look at the number of cases, deaths, who is affected and the number of free intensive care beds.

IN NUMBERS: What we know about the current coronavirus situation in Germany
A sign that says 'we can do Germany' on a travel agency in Leipzig on June 16th. Photo: DPA

Germany’s first confirmed case was on January 27th. Since then, the virus has spread across the country – and the world –  resulting in the shutdown or partial closure of public life and international travel coming to a near-standstill.

The country has avoided a high number of deaths seen in other European countries, such as Italy, Spain, France and the UK.  However, thousands of people have lost their lives after contracting coronavirus in Germany.

As Germany continues to relax measures put in place to stem the spread of Covid-19 and looks to deal with severe economic difficulties caused by the pandemic, we looked at some key numbers to show the situation as it stands today.

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8,856

This is the number of people who have died after contracting Covid-19 in Germany since the start of the outbreak up until as the latest figures reported on June 18th by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for disease control. The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) figure for the number of deaths stands at 8,884 as of June 19th at 1pm. JHU updates their figures in real time throughout the day which is why they are slightly different to RKI.

To compare to its neighbour, France has had around 29,575 deaths out of a total 158,174 confirmed cases. However, it's important to keep in mind that France only started widespread testing in May so in March and April the only people who got tests were people admitted to hospital with coronavirus – so this makes the death toll appear higher.

4.7 percent

That's the current coronavirus death rate for Germany.

580

This is the number of new Covid-19 cases confirmed in the 24 hours up to June 18th.

30

This how many Covid-19 deaths were recorded in Germany in the 24 hours up to June 18th.

156

This is the number of districts in Germany that reported zero cases of coronavirus in the past seven days (there are 401 districts in total).

The number of newly transmitted Covid-19 cases continues to decrease in comparison to previous weeks, the RKI says. The cumulative nationwide incidence over the past seven days was 2.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

752

This is the number of confirmed coronavirus infections recorded in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the past seven days up to June 18th – the highest in Germany.

It's down to an outbreak at a meat processing plant in Gütersloh. To put it in perspective, there have been 292 cases in Berlin in the last seven days, and 293 in Lower Saxony, the next places to record the highest number of cases in Germany recently.

Health experts say there have also been outbreaks in German care homes, among seasonal harvest workers and religious communities in the past seven days.

READ ALSO: Why Germany has coronavirus infections under control despite relaxing measures

A woman wearing a face mask walking past a shop that says 'only one customer' in Munich in April. Photo: DPA

2,556

This is the amount of Covid-19 deaths recorded in Bavaria, Germany's worst-hit coronavirus state. There have been 47,710 cases there since the start of the outbreak up until June 18th.

4,212

That's the number of children under the age of 10 to contract coronavirus in Germany (2.3 percent of the total) up to June 17th.

Meanwhile, 8,645 children and teenagers aged 10 to 19 are confirmed to have been diagnosed with Covid-19 (4.6 percent), 81,112 people aged 20 to 49 (43 percent), 57,729 people aged 50 to 69 (31 percent), 29,733 70 to 89-years-olds (16 percent) and 5,287 people aged 90 years and older (2.8 percent).

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49

The mean age of cases reported in Germany is 49-years-old.

13,542

This is the number of cases among staff working in medical facilities. Among the cases registered, 73 percent were female and 27 percent male. The median age is 41 and 20 people have died. 

2,703

This is the number of confirmed cases concerning people working in the catering trade, such as restaurants, canteens, cafés or other establishments. There's been a total of four recorded deaths among them. 

2,623

This number represents the number of confirmed cases in daycare facilities, kindergartens, facilities for after school care, schools or other educational facilities like children’s homes or holiday camps. A total of eight deaths have been recorded. 

0.89

This is the 7-day R number estimated by the RKI. Experts say it's important to keep this number under 1, although localised outbreaks can lead to it fluctuating.

It means one person with coronavirus goes on to infect under one other person.

READ ALSO: How worried should we be when Germany reports a higher coronavirus infection rate?

406

That's the estimated current number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care across the country as of June 17th. Of those 252 are on ventilation.

As of June 17th, 31,711 intensive care beds were registered in Germany by health authorities, of which 20,713 (65 percent) were occupied, and 10,998 beds (35 percent) were currently available.
 

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Pandemic in Germany unlikely to end this year, says top virologist

High profile German virologist Christian Drosten believes Germany will see a severe spike in Covid infections after summer, and that the pandemic will not become endemic this year.

Pandemic in Germany unlikely to end this year, says top virologist

Drosten previously said that Germany would probably be able to declare the end of the pandemic this year.

But in an interview with Spiegel, Drosten said he had reevaluated his opinion. 

“When the Alpha variant came, it was very surprising for me. When Delta appeared I was sceptical at first, then with Omicron we had to reorient ourselves again. And since January there have already been new Omicron subtypes.

“So I would actually like to correct myself: I no longer believe that by the end of the year we will have the impression that the pandemic is over.”

READ ALSO: End is in sight for pandemic in Germany, says virologist 

Drosten also said that Germany will not see a largely Covid-free summer, which has been the case in previous years, and a further increase in infections in autumn. 

“We are actually already seeing an exponential increase in case numbers again,” Drosten said.

“The BA.5 variant (of Omicron) is simply very transmissible, and people are losing their transmission protection from the last vaccination at the same time.”

In other countries, he said, when the number of cases become high, hospitalisation and death rates also rise again. “Unfortunately, that will also be the case here,” said Drosten, but added: “Overall, however, far fewer people will become seriously ill and die than in 2021.”

Drosten said he expected many more infections from September.

“I hope that the school holidays will dampen the increase in cases somewhat. But from September, I fear we will have very high case numbers,” the head of the virology department at Berlin’s Charité hospital told Spiegel.

READ ALSO: German Health Minister lays out autumn Covid plan

Virologist Christian Drosten at a Covid press conference in 2021.

Virologist Christian Drosten at a Covid press conference in 2021. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Kay Nietfeld

If the government does not take any action, he predicted there would be a lot of sick leave across all industries. “That will become a real problem,” he said.

Drosten said he did not expect overcrowded intensive care units in Germany.

But the new BA.5 sub-variant, which is becoming dominant in Germany, may affect people more strongly. 

“The wheel is turning more towards disease again,” said Drosten. It is not true that a virus automatically becomes more and more harmless in the course of evolution. “That makes me even more worried about the autumn,” he said.

Drosten recommends wearing masks indoors during the colder months, saying it is “the least painful” measure.

If, in addition, “up to 40 million people could be immunised or given a booster vaccination” before winter, for example by urgently calling for company vaccinations, that would “really make a difference”, Drosten said.

In the long term, he said it’s inevitable that people will become infected with coronavirus.

He said the population immunity due to vaccinations and infections will at some point be so strong that the virus will become less important. “Then we will be in an endemic state,” said Drosten. In the worst case, however, this could take “several more winters”.

However, Drosten warned against people trying to deliberately infect themselves with Covid, saying getting the infection in summer doesn’t mean people will be protected in winter. 

Drosten himself said he has not yet contracted Covid-19.

“So far, I guess I’ve just been lucky,” he said. “I rarely put myself in risky situations, but I’m not overly cautious either.”

‘Pandemic depends on behaviour’

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI)’s latest weekly report, more outbreaks are occurring in care homes, and the number of patients in intensive care units is slightly rising as infections go up. 

The institute said there had been a 23 percent increase in the 7-day incidence compared to the previous week. On Friday the 7-day incidence stood at 618.2 infections per 100,000 people. There were 108,190 infections within the latest 24 hour period and 90 deaths. 

“The further course of the pandemic depends not only on the occurrence of new virus variants and the uptake of vaccinations on offer, it also depends to a large extent on the behaviour of the population,” said the RKI.

According to the DIVI intensive care register, the number of Covid-19 patients in ICUs had increased to 810 on Thursday this week, from about 600 at the beginning of the month.

However, that number is still low compared to previous Covid peaks when thousands of people were in intensive care in Germany. 

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