. / EPA / ALEXANDER BECHER
Berlin, Nov 22 . .- The German health authorities recorded 15,741 new infections with covid-19 in the last 24 hours, 1,206 less than a week ago and 7,223 less than yesterday, and far from the new maximum of 23,648 cases registered on Friday .
However, on Sunday and Monday there is usually a lag in the numbers of new cases, because on weekends not all the federal states communicate their data and the laboratories perform fewer tests.
According to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) updated last midnight, the number of positives since the first contagion was announced in the country at the end of January amounts to 918,269, with 14,022 fatalities, 138 more in one day.
The RKI estimates that about 603,800 have recovered from the disease and that there are currently about 300,400 active cases.
In Germany as a whole, the cumulative incidence in the last seven days stands at 140.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The number of patients with covid-19 in intensive care units rose to 3,630 on Saturday, of which 2,098 – 57% – receive assisted respiration, according to data from the German Interdisciplinary Association of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) .
A month ago, on October 15, the number of patients in the ucis was still only 655.
Currently, 21,742 beds in intensive care are occupied and 6,216 are free; the main problem, however, is the lack of staff.
The reproduction factor (R) that takes into account infections in an interval of seven days compared to the previous seven, and that reflects the evolution of infections from 8 to 16 days ago, is located at 1.07, which implies that every hundred infected infect on average another 107 people.
After the numbers of daily infections rose sharply in October and early November, the numbers appear to stabilize, albeit at a still too high level, and the consolidated decline aimed at with the introduction earlier this month has yet to be seen. of new restrictions.
The goal now is to achieve a cumulative incidence below 50 per 100,000 population that allows health authorities to trace all cases again.
Next Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with the heads of government of the federal states to try to reach a consensus “on a great package with the next necessary measures” to achieve this goal.