Germany sees more than 900 new coronavirus cases in a day

Germany sees more than 900 new coronavirus cases in a day
A discarded face mask in Stuttgart. Photo: DPA
The number of Covid-19 cases is rising in Germany, with 902 cases confirmed in just one day.

Germany's Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported the increase on Thursday – the highest number of daily cases since May 15th. The day before the number of new infections stood at 684.

The rising numbers are fuelling worries about a second coronavirus wave.

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According to the latest figures from RKI, a total of 207,828 people in Germany are confirmed to have contracted the Sars-CoV-2 virus since the start of the pandemic, reported German daily Welt.

A total of 9,134 people have died, with six new deaths in Germany compared to the previous day.

According to RKI estimates, the reproduction number, or R-value for short, was 1.14 in Germany (on the previous day it was 1.25).

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This means that a person with coronavirus goes on to infect on average slightly more than one other person. The R-value reflects the course of infection about one and a half weeks before.

The RKI also gives a so-called seven-day R. It refers to a longer period and is therefore less subject to daily fluctuations. According to RKI estimates, this value was 1.13.

Experts have hammered home the importance of keeping the R number under 1.

According to the RKI, there are currently three major hotspots in Germany: the district of Dingolfing-Landau in Bavaria with an incidence rate for the last seven days of 189.2 (cases per 100,000 inhabitants), the district of Hof, also in Bavaria, with an incidence rate of 35.7, and the city of Weimar in Thuringia (with an incidence rate of 26.1).

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The RKI says current coronavirus-related outbreaks are happening in various settings, including meat-processing plants, facilities for asylum-seekers and refugees, nursing homes and hospitals as well as in the context of families or religious events.

 


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