LATEST: Germany records new highest number of daily coronavirus cases

LATEST: Germany records new highest number of daily coronavirus cases
A sign in Görlitz's old town directs passersby to wear a mask. Photo: DPA
The number of new coronavirus infections in Germany reached a record on Thursday morning, or 23,679 cases within 24 hours, reported the Robert Koch Institute.

The last highest number of cases was on November 20th with 23,648 infections. 

In addition, 440 new deaths were reported to the RKI in 24 hours. The day before, a record high of 590 people died in connection with the virus.

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The total number of people who have died from a Covid-19 infection since the start of the pandemic in Germany has now risen to 20,372.

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In total, the RKI has registered 1,242,203 coronavirus infections in Germany. According to estimates, around 922,100 people have now recovered. 

This means that there are currently around 300,000 active Covid-19 cases.

The 7-day incidence – or the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week – currently stands at 150, reported the RKI. At the beginning of the partial lockdown at the beginning of November, it had been around 120. 

According to the RKI, Saxony had by far the highest figure among the federal states, hovering around 300.

Several districts are experiencing extremely high rates, as the map below shows.

This graph (credit: DPA) shows the parts of Germany with the highest 7 day coronavirus incidence.

Calls for a hard lockdown

The President of the German Hospital Association (DKG), Gerald Gaß, said that there is an “urgent need for action” in light of the rising number of Covid-19 infections. 

He advised – as did the doctors' union Marburger Bund – to implement the “hard lockdown” recommended by the Science Academy Leopoldina. 

“The big opportunity of a hard lockdown over three weeks is that the infected people do not have any contact with healthy people. Then the virus has no chance to spread,” Gass told the Passauer Neue Presse on Thursday. 

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The chains of infection could then be consistently traced again.

According to the RKI management report of Wednesday, the nationwide seven-day R value was 0.99 (previous day: 1.02). This means that 100 infected persons will mathematically infect another 99 people.

The value reflects the level of infection 8 to 16 days ago. If it is below 1 for a longer period of time, the infection subsides.

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