With a reading of 261.3, the seven-day incidence is up slightly compared to yesterday. Within a day, 91 more people died after being infected with the coronavirus.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has given the nationwide seven-day incidence as 261.3. The day before, the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week was 221.4 (previous month: 632.2).

However, the incidence does not provide a complete picture of the infection situation. Experts have been assuming for some time that there will be a large number of cases not recorded by the RKI – due to overworked health authorities and because not all infected people have a PCR test done. Only positive PCR tests count in the statistics. In addition, late registrations or transmission problems can lead to a distortion of individual daily values.

Comparisons are only possible to a limited extent

The health authorities in Germany recently reported 42,693 new corona infections and 91 deaths within one day to the RKI. Here, too, comparisons of the data are only possible to a limited extent due to the test behavior, late registrations or transmission problems. In general, the number of registered new infections and deaths varies significantly from weekday to weekday, as more and more federal states do not transmit to the RKI, especially at weekends, and report their cases later in the week.

The RKI has counted 26,452,148 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections go undetected.