Germany sees record number of deaths from Covid-19 in 24 hours
Within 24 hours, 962 people died from or due to complications from the coronavirus, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI)- the highest figure since the start of the pandemic.
During the same period, 24,740 new infections were reported, according to the RKI figures from Wednesday. Last Wednesday December 16th, 27,728 new infections and 952 deaths were recorded.
Last Friday saw a record of 33,777 infections.
The development does not come as a surprise to the RKI who predicted that, after the rapid increase in the number of infections in October and November, the number of deaths would also rise significantly - albeit with a time lag.
It usually take time before an infection leads to death after a severe course of the disease. The total number of people who died from a confirmed infection with Sars-CoV-2 in Germany rose to 27,968 by Wednesday.
Where in Germany is most impacted by the virus?
The number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days fell for the first time in weeks until Wednesday - but only slightly to 195.1. The day before, a peak of 197.6 had been reached.
The highest value by far is seen in the eastern state Saxony: there, the seven-day incidence is 414.1, more than twice as high as the national average.
The eastern state of Thuringia follows with a value of 319.6. The lowest value was recorded in northeastern Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with a seven-day incidence of 96.3.
This graph shows the parts of Germany with the highest seven day incidence of the coronavirus as of December 23rd. Over 50 cases is already considered to be a hotspot.
Peak in 'two to three weeks'
Germany's intensive care doctors expect the number of Covid-19 patients in emergency units to continue to rise in the coming weeks.
"We predict the peak in the next two to three weeks," Christian Karagiannidis of the clinics in Cologne had said at a German Association for Intensive and Emergency Medicine (Divi) press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
On Tuesday, 5216 Covid-19 patients were being treated in intensive care units, according to the Divi daily register. Karagiannidis said he expects there to be "around 6,000" intensive care patients at any one time in January.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the RKI has confirmed 1,554,920 coronavirus infections in Germany.
According to estimates, around 1,160,100 people have recovered from the disease.