Wednesday, January 20

Germany registers for the second consecutive day more than a thousand deaths from Covid-19

Vaccination against Covid-19 in Germany.

Vaccination against Covid-19 in Germany.

Germany once again exceeded for the second consecutive day the thousand deaths from or with covid-19 in 24 hours, while new infections amounted to 26,391, 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 totals 1,835,038, with 37,607 fatalities, 1,070 in the last 24 hours, after 1,019 a day earlier.

The maximum number of deaths had been registered on December 30 with 1,129 and the number of infections on December 18 with 33,777 new infections.

The RKI warns, however, that when interpreting the data it must be taken into account that in the days around Christmas and the end of the year fewer tests were carried out since as a general rule fewer people go to the doctor at that time, to which is added that the competent authorities may not have reported daily confirmed positives for its centralized computation.

About 1,474,000 people are listed as recovered and the number of active cases stands at about 323,400, according to RKI estimates.

In Germany as a whole, the cumulative incidence in the last seven days stands at 121.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and new infections totaled 101,319 in the last week, although here to the data must be analyzed with caution due to the minor testing around Christmas and New Year and the possible delay in data communication.

In this sense, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, alluded to the president of the RKI, Lothar Wailer, when pointing out on Tuesday in the press conference after the virtual meeting with the heads of Government of the federal states that Only as of January 17 will it be possible to have clear data on the real incidence.

The peak in terms of incidence was 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 Wednesday amounted to 5,569 -109 less in one day-, of which 3,123 -56% and 58 less compares to Tuesday- 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 in Germany as a whole is 0.83, which implies that every hundred infected infects an average of 83 other people.

Merkel and regional powers agreed on Tuesday extend current restrictions until January 31 and toughen some of them, particularly those related to private meetings, which are reduced to a home and only one person from another home.

Schools and non-essential shops will remain closed, and activity in the leisure, sports, culture and gastronomy sectors in force since the beginning of November.

However, when it comes to schools, the federal states do not seem to want to implement this measure and are drawing up plans to return to face-to-face classes earlier than agreed, with smaller groups and fewer hours.

On the other hand, in areas where the cumulative incidence in seven days exceed 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants the movement of its inhabitants will be limited to a radius of fifteen kilometers from their home.

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