D.he number of new corona infections sent to the Robert Koch Institute within one day has reached a new high. According to the RKI, the health authorities reported 76,414 cases in 24 hours on Friday morning. Exactly one week ago there were 52,970 new infections recorded. The RKI gave the seven-day incidence of 438.2, also a maximum. For comparison: the previous day the value was 419.7, a week ago it was 340.7, in the previous month it was 113.0. This is evident from the numbers that reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 03:32 a.m.
According to the new information, 357 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 201 deaths. The RKI has counted 5,650,170 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 are not recognized.
The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was given by the RKI on Thursday as 5.79 (Wednesday: 5.74). The value plays an essential role in assessing the occurrence of the infection. If limit values 3, 6 and 9 are exceeded in the federal states, stricter measures to combat the pandemic can be imposed there.
The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered on Friday at 4,775,300. The number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 100,476.
Hundreds of thousands of people over 60 owe their lives to Syringes
The World Health Organization (WHO) assumes that the corona vaccinations have saved the lives of at least half a million people in Europe alone. The WHO European Office in Copenhagen published a report on Thursday according to which a total of 470,000 lives have been saved in the age group over 60 in around 30 European countries since the vaccination campaign began.
The age group under 60 is not included in the estimate. The survey published by the WHO draws on data from more than half of the 53 countries in the European Region. Based on these figures, the WHO estimates that almost 160,000 lives were saved in England and around 39,000 in France. Data were not available for the survey for 20 countries in the region, including Germany, the Netherlands, Russia and Turkey.
The study shows that the vaccines do what they promise: “They save lives by offering a high level of protection against severe disease and death,” said WHO European Director Hans Kluge. “In some countries, without the vaccines, the death toll would be twice as high today.”
In the European Union, 67.7 percent of the population are vaccinated. There are enormous differences between the individual member states: in Portugal the vaccination rate is 86.7 percent, in Bulgaria it is only 25 percent.
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