Incidence falling sharply: RKI reports a further declining trend in corona figures

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RKI reports a further downward trend in corona figures

So far, the decline in corona indicators in Germany continues. In the past week, the RKI again reported fewer registered cases and fewer Covid 19 patients in hospitals. However, there is an increase in other respiratory diseases.

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the declining trend of reported corona cases in Germany continues. Nationally, the seven-day incidence fell again by 17 percent last week compared to the week before, according to the RKI weekly report on the development of the corona pandemic.

Most recently, the RKI indicated the national seven-day incidence as 186.9, exactly a month ago it was 584. However, according to experts, the value of new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week only gives a very incomplete picture of the number of infections. For some time now, it has been assumed that a large number of cases have not been registered by the RKI – mainly because not all those infected have a PCR test done. Only positive PCR tests count in the statistics.

According to the weekly RKI report, the highest incidences in the past week were people over the age of 90, who had the smallest drop in incidence rates since the previous week. According to registration data, about 568,000 people are currently active in Germany and have been proven to be infected.

The number of hospital treatments for Covid-19 also continued to fall, according to the report. As a result, less seriously ill people with the virus were treated in intensive care units in the country. The RKI also reports a decrease in outbreaks in elderly and nursing homes.

The decline in cases has been visible since mid-October, it said. However, the number of deaths as a result of a corona outbreak, both in medical institutions and in elderly and nursing homes, has risen slightly compared to the previous week.

However, according to the RKI, the number of acute respiratory illnesses such as cough, runny nose, sore throat and others has “significantly increased” compared to the previous week and is “above the range of pre-pandemic years”. Due to seasonal factors, a large number of such diseases can also be expected in the coming weeks. “Especially the positive figure and the number of flu cases show a clear upward trend.” In addition, RSV infections led to more illnesses and hospitalizations, especially in small children.

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