Status: 04/17/2022 05:27
The nationwide seven-day incidence of new corona infections has fallen again. According to the Robert Koch Institute, the value is now 834.3. Health Minister Lauterbach warns of new “killer variant”.
National seven-day incidence continued to decline. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week at 834.3. For comparison: the day before, the value was 876.5. A week ago the national incidence was 1097.9 and the previous month it was 1651.4.
German health authorities reported 39,784 new corona infections at RKI in one day. A week ago, there were 55,471 recorded infections. When considering the values, it must be taken into account that the individual states do not report data on all days of the week and that on weekends, for example, Baden-Württemberg, Lower Saxony, Brandenburg and Saxony do not report data, or only partially. Fewer reports are also to be expected on public holidays. This in turn leads to late registrations on subsequent days.
A comparison of daily values therefore becomes increasingly difficult. In addition, experts have assumed for some time that there will be a large number of cases not registered by the RKI – due to the overload of work of the health authorities and the fact that not all infected people undergo a PCR test. . Only these count in the statistics.
13 new deaths
According to the new information, 13 deaths were recorded across Germany in 24 hours. A week ago there were 36 deaths. Damiut increased the number of people who died or were involved in confirmed Sars-CoV-2 infection to 132,942.
The number of corona-infected patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 population in seven days was 6.41 on Thursday (Wed: 6.49). Here too there are days with incomplete reports. The value also includes many people with a positive corona test who have another main illness.
The RKI has counted 23,416,663 proven Sars-CoV-2 infections since the start of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections go undetected.
Lauterbach warns of a ‘deadly variant’
Meanwhile, Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has announced that he will combat the threatening corona waves in the fall with large-scale vaccine orders. “We are receiving a vaccine that protects against omicron variants. We are expecting it in September,” Lauterbach told “Bild am Sonntag”. “We already have a vaccine against the Delta variants. Our goal is to have enough vaccine for every citizen, regardless of which variant comes.”
At the same time, Lauterbach warned of a possible new highly contagious variant this year: “Various omicron sub-variants are currently developing, which worries me. The intervals at which new variants replace old ones are becoming increasingly shorter. This means that we are less and less able to prepare for mutations,” he told the newspaper. It’s “quite possible that we could get a highly contagious omicron variant that is as deadly as Delta. It would be an absolute killer variant.”