Coronavirus in Germany: new infections have been falling for almost three weeks

The nationwide seven-day incidence of coronavirus has fallen again compared to the previous day. The Robert Koch Institute (IRK) reported on Sunday morning that the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants for the week was 315.4. This compares with 321.8 the day before, 390.9 the week before, and 372.7 in the previous month.

Health authorities in Germany reported 29,348 new coronavirus infections per day to the IRK. Exactly one week earlier, 32,646 new infections were reported. The number of infections in Germany has been falling for almost three weeks. However, experts fear that the trend will soon be reversed due to the more contagious Omikron variant of the coronavirus.

More than 108,000 deaths in Germany from COVID-19 or from COVID-19 coexisting with other conditions

As of Sunday, 180 deaths had been reported in Germany in a 24-hour period. A week earlier, the number was 132. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the IRK has recorded 6,796,536 confirmed infections with Sars-CoV-2. However, the actual total number could be much higher, as many infections go undetected.

The number of hospitalized coronavirus patients per 100,000 population in seven days reported by the IRK on Friday was 5.10 (Thursday: 5.17). The Robert Koch Institute also reported 5,753,400 recoveries on Sunday morning. The number of people who died from COVID-19 or from COVID-19 coexisting with other conditions rose to 108,233.

Visiting friends and relatives

Despite the high incidence of COVID-19, almost one in five Germans wants to go away for Christmas. In a survey conducted by the polling institute YouGov on behalf of the German Press Agency, 13 percent of those surveyed said they intend to go away to celebrate Christmas with friends or relatives. 6 percent of respondents plan a vacation trip. In contrast, 79 percent want to stay at home during the holidays. 2 percent of respondents did not give an answer.

Last year, during the first Christmas in the shadow of the pandemic, Germans were much less eager to travel. In a survey conducted by YouGov at the time, only 9 percent of respondents said they wanted to drive or fly to visit friends or relatives. Only one in 100 respondents planned a vacation trip. 87 percent of German residents intended to stay at home.

This year, it is mainly younger people who plan to travel during the holiday season. In the age group 18 to 29 years 38 percent plan to go on holiday and in the age group 30 to 39 years 26 percent plan to go. On the other hand, in the 60 to 69 age group, only 9 percent of those surveyed intend to go away for Christmas.


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