Germany reports highest number of coronavirus deaths since February

01.12.2021, 12:58

The number of coronavirus deaths reported within one day in Germany has reached its highest level in nine months.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said on Wednesday that 446 cases of people who died as a result of the coronavirus had been reported from the previous day. A higher value was last reached on February 20, when it was 490.

At the moment, the number of coronavirus deaths reported daily is still less than half of what it was at the peak of the second wave at the end of last year - and this despite the fact that there are currently considerably more infections than at that time.

Experts attribute this to the positive effect of vaccination, which effectively protects against severe infections with the disease.

Health authorities in Germany reported 67,186 new cases to the RKI during the course of Tuesday, about the same number as a week ago.

The nationwide seven-day incidence rate fell for the second time in a row: The RKI gave the figure for new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week on Wednesday morning as 442.9, compared to 404.5 the previous week and 118.0 the previous month.

On Monday, a peak value of 452.4 had been reached, while on Tuesday the value had been slightly lower at 452.2.

The incidences reported by the RKI have fallen compared with the previous day not only in federal states with high values - such as Bavaria, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony - but in a clear majority of the states.