The nationwide seven-day incidence has continued to fall.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week on Tuesday morning as 669.9.

For comparison: the previous day the value was 808.8, a week ago 1087.2, a month ago 1735.0.

The health authorities reported 22,483 new corona infections to the RKI within one day.

A week ago it was 162,790 - but that Monday was not a holiday.

When considering the values, it must be taken into account that individual states do not report data every weekday, and at weekends, for example, Baden-Württemberg, Lower Saxony, Brandenburg and Saxony do not, or only partially, report data.

Fewer reports are also to be expected on public holidays.

This in turn leads to late registrations on the following days.

A comparison of daily values ​​is therefore becoming increasingly difficult.

In addition, experts have been assuming for some time that there will be a large number of cases not recorded by the RKI - due to overworked health authorities and because not all infected people have a PCR test done.

Only these count in the statistics.

According to the new information, seven deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours.

A week ago there were 289 deaths - bearing in mind that Monday was a normal working day.

The number of people who died from or involved a proven infection with the Sars-CoV-2 virus rose to 132,960.

The RKI has counted 23,459,628 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 go undetected.

More dangerous variant is possible

The head of the clinic for intensive care at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf, Stefan Kluge, considers the further development of the corona virus to be uncertain.

"No expert can currently say for sure which variant we will get in autumn," said Kluge, who is also a member of the presidency of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI), the Funke media group.

"However, we should be prepared for the fact that another variant may appear that leads to a higher severity of the disease than is currently the case with the omicron variant."

Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach (SPD) had drawn criticism with warnings about a possible “killer variant” of the corona virus.

Kluge said: "To describe a corona variant as a "killer variant" is inappropriate." There are other infections in which the mortality rate is significantly higher than has been the case with Covid-19 so far.

This includes severe bacterial sepsis (blood poisoning).

"The omicron variant currently leads to very few severe cases of Covid-19," explained Kluge.

"We currently have a mortality rate of less than 0.1 percent at Omikron, comparable to the flu."

Kluge advised trying a campaign to get unvaccinated people over the age of 60 to vaccinate against the corona virus.

“More basic immunization in the population would help us significantly.

In addition, the vaccines must be further developed.”