Compared to the previous day, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported a slight increase in Sars-CoV-2 cases. According to the RKI, the health authorities in Germany registered 1,449 new corona infections within one day by Thursday evening. The value was last higher on May 1, when there were 1,639 new infections registered.

According to the RKI, at least 221,413 people in Germany have been shown to have been infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus since the beginning of the Corona crisis (data as of August 14, 12.00 a.m.). 14 new deaths have been reported since the previous day. According to the RKI, a total of 9,225 people died of or with the virus. By Friday morning, 200,200 people had survived the infection according to estimates by virologists.

The peak of new infections reported daily was at more than 6,000 in early April. The number had tended to fall after the values ​​still exceeded 1,000 in May, and has been rising again since the end of July. Experts are concerned that there could be a sharp increase in the number of cases that would push the health authorities to their limits when it comes to tracking chains of infection.

According to research by ZEIT ONLINE, which relates directly to the data of the federal states and districts and is thus less affected by delays in reporting chains than the RKI, 222,116 infections have been registered in Germany so far. According to our calculations, 9,376 people died as a result of an infection.

The number of reproductions, or R value for short, was now 0.91 according to RKI estimates. This means that one infected person infects slightly less than another person on average. The R-value depicts the infection rate about one and a half weeks beforehand. 

In addition, the RKI gives a so-called seven-day R. It refers to a longer period of time and is therefore less subject to daily fluctuations. This value, which shows the infection process from 8 to 16 days ago, was at the data status 13.8. at midnight at 1.06.

According to the RKI, the fact that the R values ​​have increased slightly again since mid-July 2020 is due to a larger number of small outbreaks - caused, for example, by the relaxation of measures and entries from other countries.