Corona numbers: RKI reports 1188 corona deaths – new high


The number of reported deaths related to the coronavirus has hit a new high. Within one day, the German health authorities reported 1188 new deaths to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

In addition, 31,849 new infections were reported. The previous high of 1,129 new deaths was reached on December 30th. In the case of new infections registered within 24 hours, the highest value was reported on December 18, at 33,777 – but this contained 3,500 late reports.

When interpreting the number of cases, it should also be noted that in the weeks around Christmas and the turn of the year fewer people probably went to a doctor, fewer samples were taken and fewer laboratory tests were carried out, according to the RKI. “This may have resulted in less pathogen evidence being reported to the responsible health authorities.”

The RKI assumes that the reporting data on the occurrence of infection can only be used again at the end of next week / beginning of the week after next. According to Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on January 17th, clarity about the infection process after the holidays is to be gained.

The number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants (seven-day incidence) reported to the health authorities within seven days was 136.5 on Friday morning. Its previous high was reached on December 22nd at 197.6.



The differences between the federal states are enormous: Saxony had the highest incidences with 297.6 and Thuringia with 256.9. Bremen had the lowest value with 73.5. Because of the holidays, the weekly values ​​should also be assessed with caution.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the RKI has counted 1,866,887 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 in Germany (as of January 8th, midnight). The total number of people who died with or with the involvement of a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 38,795. The RKI stated the number of people recovered to be around 1,494,100.


Map: Germany's corona hotspots - infographic


Reported Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Units in Hospitals - Infographic

More than 417,000 people vaccinated

The number of vaccinations against Covid-19 reported to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Germany has increased by more than 46,000 compared to the previous day. Since the start of the vaccination campaign at the end of December, the drug has now been injected at least 417 060 people. This total number results from previous reports from the federal states, as shown by RKI statistics from Thursday (as of 11 a.m.). For every 1000 inhabitants nationwide, five people have been vaccinated against the disease so far.


Map: Corona vaccination monitoring in the federal states - infographic

R value

According to the RKI report on Thursday, the nationwide seven-day R-value was 0.92 (previous day: 0.83). This means that 100 infected people theoretically infect 92 more people. The value represents the occurrence of the infection 8 to 16 days ago. If it is below 1 for a long time, the infection process subsides. The RKI emphasized that the R-value may be underestimated because of the delays.


New corona infections reported daily in Germany - infographic


Corona test and results by calendar weeks - info.BILD


Statistics: The Corona Reproduction Number in Germany - Infographic


Reported Intensive Care Beds in Intensive Care Units in Hospitals - Infographic

How common is Corona worldwide?

The private Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (USA) determines the worldwide number of corona cases. If you compare the German numbers of Johns Hopkins with those of the RKI, then the RKI seems to be lagging behind in recording new corona cases. Reason: Both institutions determine the number of cases in different ways.


Statistics: Corona cases per 100,000 inhabitants - infographic


Covid-19: Coronavirus cases worldwide (overview / statistics) - infographic

This is how the RKI works

As an independent federal authority for infectious diseases, the Robert Koch Institute is currently determining all of our lives with its figures, examinations and the knowledge gained from them.

People with 90 different professions from 50 nations work there. Of the 1296 employees, 1224 are in Berlin and 72 in the branch in Wernigerode. The Berlin 24/7 situation center alone has 150 employees.

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