Number of infected people in Germany and worldwide

Lothar Wieler, head of the Robert Koch Institute

The RKI does not yet see a nationwide increase in the number of cases.

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Berlin According to the Robert Koch Institute, the virus reproduction factor “R” in Germany has risen significantly above the critical value of “1”. However, this is primarily due to locally limited outbreaks, including at a slaughterhouse in Gütersloh, the RKI explained in its daily situation report on Saturday evening. A nationwide increase in the number of cases has not yet been derived from this.

In total there had been 601 newly confirmed infections nationwide, bringing the total to 189,135. The number of deceased rose to 8883 by eleven.

The “4-day R”, which responds more to short-term changes, is currently estimated at 1.79, the more balanced “7-day R” at 1.55, according to the RKI on Saturday evening. Arithmetically, 100 infected people are infected with an average of 179 or 155 people, and the number of sick people increases overall. On Friday the “7-day-R” was at 1.17, on Thursday at 1.00 and on Wednesday at 0.89.

The goal is a value of less than 1, because this reduces the number of infected people. This is also important in view of the question of whether loosening should be expanded or withdrawn. However, the RKI does not only look at the R numbers. According to the institute, the number of new infections in a daily comparison, the number of tests that are positive, and the workload of the healthcare system are also important.

The RKI currently reported a high number of new infections in the Gütersloh and Warendorf districts as well as in Magdeburg and the Berlin district of Neukölln. The increase in Gütersloh is due to an outbreak in a meat processing company, where more than 1000 employees had tested positive. This also relates to the figures in Warendorf, since the company’s employees live in the neighboring district.

There is an outbreak in Magdeburg, which affects several schools that are now closed. Neukölln is about cases in the context of a religious community. Since the total number of cases in Germany was at a low level, these outbreaks had a relatively strong impact on the “R” value, according to the RKI. “A nationwide increase in the number of cases cannot yet be derived from this.”


The further situation in Germany at a glance:

  • The Corona warning app should also be in in the coming weeks other languages be available. “There will be a Turkish version in about four weeks, and other languages ​​are also being planned: French, Arabic and Russian,” said SAP CEO Jürgen Müller of the “Bild am Sonntag”. Romanian is also being planned.

    Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) was pleased with the number of downloads – around 10.6 million by Saturday. “More than ten million. We can be proud of that together. Germany’s corona app has more downloads than the corona apps of all other EU countries combined, ”he told the newspaper.

  • Looks at the corona crisis Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann the German economy on a good way. “In the past few months we have experienced the sharpest economic downturn in the history of the Federal Republic,” said Weidmann of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung”. “The good news is that the low point should be behind us now and things are looking up again.” Weidmann said that the significant slump in the German economy was only followed by a “comparatively gradual recovery”.
  • In view of the sometimes violent outbreaks of corona in the past few days, he warns German Association of Cities and Municipalities before possible social conflicts. “We must not discriminate or discriminate against people who, for example, have guaranteed cheap meat production in certain establishments in the low-wage sector under poor living conditions,” general manager Gerd Landsberg told the newspapers of the Funke media group.

    Landsberg emphasized that people who live in cramped conditions should not be blamed because infections are more likely to occur there. Here, in particular, companies are required not only to ensure decent wages and working conditions, but also, in particular, living conditions in which adequate hygiene standards can be guaranteed.

An overview of the further situation worldwide:

  • Spain has been since midnight no longer in the Corona emergency. Sunday is the first day after 14 weeks on which the 47 million citizens can move freely around the country again. The borders for holidaymakers from Schengen countries have also been open again since midnight. Only the border with Portugal remains closed to most travelers until July 1 at the government’s request in Lisbon.

    With more than 28,000 deaths related to Covid-19 and more than 245,000 infected, Spain is one of the worst affected countries in Europe by the pandemic. In the meantime, the corona numbers have dropped sharply.

  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants the, according to a report by the “Daily Telegraph” Loosen distance rules. On Tuesday, he would announce that from July 4, offices, schools and pubs would only have to be kept at least one meter away if additional protective measures were used, such as wearing a mouth and nose protector. A distance of two meters is currently prescribed in England.
  • The Number of corona deaths in Brazil is on almost 50,000 gone up. So far, 49,976 patients have died in connection with the lung disease Covid-19, said the Brazilian Ministry of Health on Saturday. That was 1022 more than the day before. Over a million people have been shown to be infected with the novel corona virus. According to experts, the actual number is likely to be much higher, since Brazil tests relatively little. The largest country in Latin America is second only to the United States in terms of both infections and deaths.

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