RKI now assigns 10 443 Corona cases to Omikron – four dead
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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Within one day, the number of reliably proven and probable Omikron cases in Germany that were transmitted to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has risen sharply. 10,443 cases would now be assigned to the new Corona variant, 45 percent more than the previous day, according to an RKI overview page on Tuesday (data status December 28). The number refers to cases in November and December, most of the evidence comes from the previous week with 6257 (previous week: 2904).
For three people from the age group 60 to 79 years and one from the group 35 to 59 years it was stated that he had died. Information was provided of 124 cases that they were being admitted to the hospital. In 148 there was information that it was a reinfection – i.e. an infection despite previous corona infection.
A graph showing the development over time shows a steep increase in the numbers reported weekly in connection with Omikron. For the current week, the RKI expects a “high number of new and late registrations”. According to the RKI, the information relates to evidence based on complete genetic analyzes as well as laboratory diagnostic suspicions based on variant-specific PCR tests. In Germany, only a small part of the positive sample is examined for variants.
In absolute numbers, according to the RKI, most of the previous reports that are assigned to Omikron are from North Rhine-Westphalia with 3476. This is followed by Bavaria with just under 1896 and Hamburg with 1487. Information on the frequency of tests for variants depending on the country was not given.
“The data has not been validated and is therefore still subject to possible corrections and subsequent changes,” writes the RKI restrictively. An assessment of the epidemiological situation will be made in the weekly report. This is published on Thursday evenings./kll/DP/stw
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