Germany registered 12,497 new infections with coronavirus and 343 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) of virology, updated last midnight.
The number of positives since the first contagion was announced in the country amounts to 1,921,024, with 40,686 fatalities; meanwhile, around 1,545,500 people are listed as healed, according to RKI estimates.
The maximum number of infections was registered on December 18 with 33,777 new infections, while last Friday a new record of deaths was reported, with 1,188 victims.
As a general rule, at the beginning of the week the figures are lower, among other reasons because fewer tests are carried out on the weekend.
The RKI further advises that data interpretation remains complicated, since in the days around Christmas and the end of the year fewer tests were carried out, both because fewer people usually go to the doctor at that time, as well as because the competent authorities possibly did not report confirmed cases daily for centralized computation.
In the whole of Germany, the cumulative incidence in the last seven days stands at 166.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and new infections totaled 138,516 in the last week, although taking into account holidays, the data must also be analyzed with caution here.
The peak of incidence had been registered on December 22 with 197.6 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a week
The number of patients with COVID-19 in intensive care units on Sunday amounted to 5,320 -94 less in one day-, of which 3,049 -57% and 17 less compared to Saturday-, receive assisted respiration, according to data from the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI).
The reproduction factor (R) that takes into account infections in a seven-day interval is 1.18 in Germany as a whole, which implies that every hundred infected infect an average of 118 other people.
Between December 26 and January 8, the number of people who have already received the first dose of the vaccine against covid-19 in Germany amounts to around 532,878, which corresponds to 6.4 individuals per thousand inhabitants. .
This Monday the agreed restrictions come into force last Tuesday between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the regional powers in the federal states that had not already begun to implement them.
They consist mainly of the extension of those already in force and the tightening of some of them, such as those relating to private meetings, which are limited to one household and only one person from another address.
Non-essential schools and shops will be closed, and the activity in the leisure, sports, culture and gastronomy sectors in force since the beginning of November will continue to be suspended.
Despite the agreement, some federal states announced plans to return to face-to-face classes earlier than agreed, with smaller groups and fewer hours, although this announcement has been criticized by teachers and parents, which has forced regional leaders to delay this decision.
On the other hand, in areas where the cumulative incidence in seven days exceeds 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, movement will be limited of its inhabitants within a radius of fifteen kilometers from their home.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.