German coronavirus cases reach record of over 21,000 in a day

German coronavirus cases reach record of over 21,000 in a day
A nurse on a corona station in Dresden. Photo: DPA
A new record high in coronavirus cases was recorded by the Robert Koch Institute on Friday morning, while more data from the government disease agency suggested that the spread of the virus began to slow before the lockdown started.

A total of 21,506 new cases of the virus have been recorded in the past 24 hours said the Robert Koch Institute, somewhat more than the 18,681 cases recorded a week ago.

A further 166 people died with or of the Covid-19, disease bringing the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic to 11,096. 

The Robert Koch Institute says that 619,089 people have tested positive for the virus since the start of the pandemic.

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The so-called R number, which tracks the rate at which the virus was spreading around 10 days ago, fell further below one, with the number now at 0.79 (dropping from 0.81 on Thursday). An R number of one would mean that on average each infected person passes the virus on to one further person.

If the number stays below one for a longer period of time it indicates that the number of confirmed daily infections will drop. But there will be a lag in this drop as infections are generally identified when someone starts to show symptoms.

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The seven-day R-number, which estimates the rate of reproduction over a week, also dropped further to 0.93. The seven day R number estimates the rate of reproduction between 16 and eight days ago.

For much of October the R number was significantly higher than one, leading to the rapid increase in cases. But the fact that it is below one now suggests that the spread of the virus went into reverse in late October, before the lockdown which started on Monday.

The number of Covid patients in intensive care increased by 107 over the last 24 hours, with 2,653 beds now taken up by people suffering from the respiratory disease. There are still 6,894 free beds in intensive care units nationwide.

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Member comments

  1. Who cares about the number of cases recorded. Why aren’t the media reporting on deaths? Because the death-rate for the Novel Corona Virus is uncomparable. Covid-19 is no worse than a common flu & majority of deaths already had underlying conditions/ illnesses.

  2. Who care about the number of cases recorded. Why aren’t the media reporting on deaths? Because the death-rate for the Novel Corona Virus is uncomparable. Covid-19 is no worse than a common flu & majority of deaths already had underlying conditions/ illnesses.

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