A total of 1,045 confirmed cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Germany by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within a day, the disease control agency said on Thursday August 6th.
The last time the number of new infections rose above 1,000 was on May 7th. The numbers steadily fell after that. However, in the past week the rate has been rising.
The peak of new infections came at the beginning of April when Germany saw more than 6,000 new cases in a day.
Where are the new cases?
In contrast to mid-June, when increases could be traced back to individual hotspots like large coronavirus outbreak at the Tönnies slaughterhouse in North Rhine-Westphalia, the current spike is not mainly due to particular clusters.
Instead the figures are rising across many districts and this effect adds up. Experts fear this kind of development because it can't be contained with a handful of strong measures.
RKI President Lothar Wieler said last week that the rise in cases was of “great concern” to him.
“It's in our hands how the pandemic evolves in Germany,” Wieler said, calling on Germans to stick with prevention measures such as washing hands and keeping a safe distance.
Experts are continually warning about a second wave of coronavirus sweeping through Germany.
However, opinions differ as to whether this wave is already here – and whether the best way to describe the situation is in “waves”.
This week children went back to school in some states and authorities are watching closely how this affects infection rates.
On Thursday, almost 240,000 school kids in Hamburg started school again. Pupils in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania returned from their summer holidays on Monday. Schleswig-Holstein, Berlin, Brandenburg and North Rhine-Westphalia will follow next week.
How many people have contracted Covid-19 in Germany?
According to the RKI, at least 213,067 people in Germany are confirmed to have picked up the Sars-CoV-2 virus since the beginning of the pandemic (data status as of August 6th at midnight).
The number of deaths in connection with the virus is 9,175. A total of 195,200 people have survived the infection.
According to RKI, the reproductive rate, or R-value for short, is around 0.9 in Germany (previous day: 1.02). This means that on average, one infected person infects around one other person. The R number reflects the course of infection about one and a half weeks earlier.
The RKI also gives a so-called seven-day R. It refers to a longer period and is less subject to daily fluctuations. According to RKI estimates, this number is 0.97 (previous day: 0.99). It shows the course of infection from 8 to 16 days ago.
Experts want to keep the R number under 1.
Measures including wearing masks on public transport and while shopping are in place in Germany. The RKI also recommended last week that face masks should be worn not only indoors, but also outdoors, if the recommended 1.5-metre distancing cannot be maintained.