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Chronology 2022: Germany and the Corona Pandemic

When the vaccination rate finally reached 70 percent in December of 2021, a new danger appeared on the horizon. In other countries, the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus made the infection numbers explode. In early 2022, the same happened in Germany.

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January 24th, 2022

Germany reaches the highest Seven Day Incidence level it has ever registered. At the same time, the number of Corona patients in intensive care increased again, for the first time in weeks. The overall Corona situation is on the agenda of today’s Corona conference. Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and the Governors from the country’s sixteen federal states will probably neither change the Corona restrictions, nor most regulations.

According to a draft proposal German-language media are quoting from, the participants will take a decision in regard to PCR tests though. The number of available tests exceeds the demand. That is why the remaining ones are supposed to be used for vulnerable population groups, nurses, other caretakers and doctors. Everyone else will have to use antigen tests.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 24th, 2022, 06:49 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 727
Total number of infections: 8,744,840
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 63,393
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 116,746
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 28
Corona patients at ICUs: 2,426
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.9
Number of vaccine doses administered: 161.7
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 73.3

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 840.3
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 1,464.5

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January 23rd, 2022

Germany reaches yet another all-time high in regard to its Seven day Incidence, which is now above 800. Hamburg becomes the country’s Corona hotspot, with an Incidence of 1,529. On the list of counties, cities and Berlin districts, the capital’s Mitte borough has the highest Incidence. It stands at 2,845.8.

The government’s Corona Expert Council wants the government to prepare for a worsening of the situation, just in case. Its 19 members believe stricter measures need to be in the drawer so that they can be put in place at a moment’s notice. The Council also wants the vaccination campaign to be intensified. That is exactly what Health Minister Karl Lauterbach intends to do. In the ‘Bild am Sonntag’ publication, he announced a new, “more creative” advertising campaign which is supposed to commence on Tuesday.

On Monday, Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the Governors of the sixteen federal states were going to discuss the Corona situation and measures designed to slow it down yet again.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 23rd, 2022, 07:28 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 726
Total number of infections: 8,681,447
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 85,440
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 116,718
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 54
Corona patients at ICUs: 2,398
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.8
Number of vaccine doses administered: 161.7
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 73.3

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 806.8
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 1,483.8

January 22nd, 2022

Germany adds nineteen countries to its list of ‘High Risk Areas’. There are 195 countries in the world, and 164 of them are on the list. In Europe, the Vatican and Ukraine are the only exceptions at this moment. Persons who enter Germany after stays in any ‘High Risk Area’ need to follow strict rules. Those include 10-day quarantines. But those can be avoided in most cases.

The infection numbers are still going through the roof. Germany just reached its highest Seven Day Incidence ever. More than 130,000 persons got infected with Corona since yesterday. Berlin is Germany’s Corona hotspot. Its Incidence is above 1,400. The capital’s Mitte district is in a serious situation. Here, the Incidence level has reached 2,814.3.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 22nd, 2022, 07:35 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 725
Total number of infections: 8,596,007
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 135,461
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 116,664
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 179
Corona patients at ICUs: 2,418
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.8
Number of vaccine doses administered: 161.1
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 73.2

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 772.7
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 1,473.1

January 21st, 2022

Yet again, Germany registers its highest number of new infections ever. For the first time, more than 140,000 Corona infections were registered within 24 hours. The national Seven Day Incidence level surpassed 700. This has never happened before either. Five Berlin districts are Germany’s Corona hotspots. They are Mitte (2,200.1), Neukölln (1,592.1), Spandau (1,590.8), Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (1,586.3) and Pankow (1,537.2).

While the number of Corona patients in intensive care is still decreasing, it is on the rise in regular wards, according to the German Hospital Federation (DKG). Its chairman Gerald Gass (German spelling: Gaß) tells the ‘Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland’, the latest numbers from regions affected most by the Omicron wave showed that the strain at Corona wards was increasing substantially.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 21st, 2022, 07:07 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 724
Total number of infections: 8,460,546
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 140,160
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 116,485
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 170
Corona patients at ICUs: 2,447
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.5
Number of vaccine doses administered: 160.4
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 73.1

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 706.3
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 1,258.3

January 20th, 2022

Omicron is hitting Germany badly. Every day, new record infection numbers are being released. In the past 24 hours, more than 133,000 people were infected with Corona. The Seven Day Incidence jumps to 638.8. Berlin’s Incidence now stands at 1,154.2. The worst Corona hotspot in the entire country is the capital’s Mitte district, which reached an unbelievable Incidence level of 2,286.0. This means one in 50 residents got infected in the past seven days.

According to Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, there might be hundreds of thousands of new Corona infection per day in the second half of February. On ZDF television he said this kind of scenario was probable. Lauterbach stated he worried about the many unvaccinated elderly people in Germany.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 20th, 2022, 07:38 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 723
Total number of infections: 8,320,386
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 133,536
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 116,315
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 234
Corona patients at ICUs: 2,571
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.5
Number of vaccine doses administered: 159.7
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 72.9

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 638.8
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 1,154.2

January 19th, 2022

For the first time ever, Germany registers more than 100,000 new Corona infections within 24 hours. The country’s Seven Day Incidence is at its highest level as well. Berlin now has a four-digit Incidence. It never did before. Brandenburg puts in place nightly curfews for unvaccinated persons in Potsdam and two counties.

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach tells RTL television he expects the ongoing Corona wave to reach its peak in mid-February. This was when the infection numbers would probably decrease again. “We are not there yet”, he says in an interview with the ‘RTL Direkt’ broadcast.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 19th, 2022, 07:34 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 722
Total number of infections: 8,168,850
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 112,323
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 116,081
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 239
Corona patients at ICUs: 2,664
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.17
Number of vaccine doses administered: 159.0
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 72.8

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 584.4
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 1,055.1

January 18th, 2022

Germany reaches yet another record Seven Day Incidence. Today’s level is 553.2. In spite of the fact that the number of new Coronavirus infections usually is low on Tuesdays, because of the weekend effect, it is very high today. There are more than 74,000 new cases. Bremen and Berlin remain Germany’s Corona hotspots, with Incidences of 1,297.4 and 962.8, respectively.

The rules for persons who recovered from COVID-19 just changed. Until now, their status ended after six months. This period was just decreased to three months. For recovered persons, this change has implications, for instance when they want to enter restaurants or other places with what the Germans call ‘2G Plus’ rules. They will need to be vaccinated and show negative Corona tests once those three months are over. With booster vaccinations, they will not need tests.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 18th, 2022, 07:42 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 721
Total number of infections: 8,074,527
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 74,405
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 115,842
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 193
Corona patients at ICUs: 2,744
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.17
Number of vaccine doses administered: 158.5
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 72.7

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 553.2
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 962.8

January 17th, 2022

The Health Ministers from Germany’s sixteen states and Karl Lauterbach, their colleague in the federal government, were scheduled to discuss the Corona situation and its implications today. The outcome were going to be announced in the late evening. Recently, Lauterbach has asked the Germans to test themselves for Corona several times a week because of the rapidly spreading Omicron wave. Lauterbach supports compulsory Corona vaccinations.

On Monday in the early morning, the Robert Koch Institute reported 34,145 new Corona infections, some 9,000 more than last Monday. Germany’s Seven Day Incidence reaches yet another all-time high. It stands at 528.2 today. Because of the ongoing Corona wave, experts believe the infection numbers will keep on rising in the coming weeks.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 17th, 2022, 06:00 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 720
Total number of infections: 8,000,120
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 34,145
Share of Omicron cases: 70% (Jan. 14th)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 115,649
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 30
Corona patients at ICUs: 2,741
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.24
Number of vaccine doses administered: 157.9
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 72.6

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 528.2
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 947.7

January 16th, 2022

Germany places 33 more countries and some regions in the world on its list of ‘High Risk Areas’. They include Albania, most of Austria, Bulgaria, Latvia and Serbia. Entering Germany is more complicated for persons who were in one of those countries or regions. At the same time, the situation is worsening in Germany itself. For the first time ever, the country’s Seven Day Incidence surpassed the 500 mark. The only good news is the fact that the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care is decreasing, at last for now.

The discussion about compulsory Corona vaccinations continues. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach tells the ‘Bild am Sonntag’ publication, those immunizations needed to include three shots, including booster vaccinations. They were needed to protect people against all known Corona variants, at least in regard to severe disease progression and Corona-related deaths. He also predicts Omicron would not be the last letter in the “alphabet of Corona variants”.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 16th, 2022, 07:47 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 719
Total number of infections: 7,965,977
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 52,504
Share of Omicron cases: 70% (Jan. 14th)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 115,619
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 47
Corona patients at ICUs: 2,799
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.32
Number of vaccine doses administered: 157.9
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 72.6

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 515.7
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 965.3

January 15th, 2022

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach says Germany’s Corona strategy was working. By implementing contact restrictions and other measures, the country had managed to slow down the Omicron wave to some extent. The doubling time (of the infection numbers) had been stretched from four and a half to six days, and the additional time was used to administer as many booster vaccinations as possible. According to the Minister, one of Germany’s problems is the fact that there are too many unvaccinated persons. At this stage, the number of Corona-related deaths was not increasing and that of Corona stations in intensive care was even decreasing. Lauterbach believes this will change soon.

Professor Christian Drosten, a leading virologist at Berlin’s Charité hospital, states it was true that Omicron was a “milder” variant than Delta. But, because of the high number of people it infected, this effect would be neutralized. Germany’s main problem was the fact that 3 million people above 60 years of age were not vaccinated against Corona, and that 9 million persons in this age group were not ‘boostered’. Professor Lothar Wieler of the Robert Koch Institute confirms that 70 percent of all new Corona infections in Germany are Omicron cases.

New Corona rules are being put in place in Berlin (view overview).

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 15th, 2022, 05:45 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 718
Total number of infections: 7,913,473
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 78,022
Official number of Omicron cases: 155,729 (Jan. 14th, 11:34 a.m. CET)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 115,572
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 235
Corona patients at ICUs: 2,869
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.32
Number of vaccine doses administered: 157.1
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 72.5

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 497.1
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 956.9

January 14th, 2022

Germany’s Robert Koch Institute reports many all-time highs. For the first time ever, the number of new Corona infections surpasses the 90,000 mark. The country’s Seven Day Incidence is above 470. Bremen reaches 1,427.2, while Berlin, the other Corona hotspot, stands at 949.8. Its Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district now has an Incidence of 1,520.7, Neukölln stands at 1,373.6. Omicron is to blame for the skyrocketing number of cases. It is now the dominating Corona mutation in Germany.

The Bundestag passed the new quarantine rules on Thursday night. Today, it is the Bundesrat’s turn. According to the new regulations, persons with booster vaccinations who were in contact with infected individuals do not need to go into quarantine at all. Everyone else needs to stay for ten days unless they test negative after a minimum of seven days. In the city state of Berlin, the new rule applies from today. In this case, the Senate will confirm it retroactively.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 14th, 2022, 07:00 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 717
Total number of infections: 7,835,451
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 92,223
Confirmed Omicron cases: 155,729 (Jan. 14th, 11:34 a.m. CET)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 115,337
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 286
Corona patients at ICUs: 2,959
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.23
Number of vaccine doses administered: 156.3
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 72.3

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 470.6
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 949.8

January 13th, 2022

Seven hundred and sixteen days into the Corona crisis, Germany’s Robert Koch Institute reports the highest number of new infections of all time. Within 24 hours, more than 81,000 cases needed to be added to the statistics. Two city states are the country’s Corona hotspots. Bremen’s Seven Day Incidence hits 1,349.2, while Berlin reaches 918.6. Within Berlin, the worst hotspot is Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. Its Incidence is 1,398.2.

At the Bundestag, Chancellor Olaf Scholz reiterates he wants compulsory Corona vaccinations for all adults. But neither him nor Health Minister Karl Lauterbach introduce bills. In regard to this important question, they would rather let the caucuses and the entire parliament come up with a solution.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 13th, 2022, 07:18 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 716
Total number of infections: 7,743,228
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 81,417
OMICRON cases: 134,302 (Jan. 13th, 2:24 p.m. CET)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 115,051
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 316
Corona patients at ICUs: 3,050
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.09
Number of vaccine doses administered: 155.4
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 72.2

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 427.7
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 918.6

January 12th, 2022

For the first time ever, Germany registers more than 80,000 new Coronavirus infections in 24 hours. The last sad record was reached on November 26th, 2021, when there were 76,414 new cases. Experts believe the numbers will increase even more because of the ongoing Omicron wave. It hit other European countries before it came to Germany. In the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and other countries, the infection numbers literally exploded.

In two of Berlin’s twelve districts, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and Neukölln, the Seven Day Incidence surpasses the 1,100 mark. Mitte, Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Reinickendorf and Pankow register extremely high numbers too. Because of the serious situation, Berlin cancels one of its biggest cultural events, the Carnival of Cultures, for the third time in a row.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 12th, 2022, 07:29 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 715
Total number of infections: 7,661,811
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 80,430
OMICRON cases: 118,298 (Updated at 3:04 p.m. CET)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 114,735
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 384
Corona patients at ICUs: 3,154
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.13
Number of vaccine doses administered: 154.6
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 72.0

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 407.5
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 856.4

January 11th, 2022

In Germany, the tiny federal state of Bremen and Berlin are the worst Corona hotspots. Berlin’s Seven Day Incidence is now 737.2. One district, Neukölln, is above 1,000. Others are approaching the 1,000 mark. Berlin has never seen these kinds of numbers. The city state’s new Health Senator Ulrike Grote tells the ‘Morgenpost’ daily, the infection numbers would increase further.

Senator Grote also says, Berlin would not be able to trace back all Corona infections to their sources because of the increasing numbers. At the city’s official Corona test centers, long waiting lines were seen. In some cases, people who had waited in the cold for hours were sent back home without tests.

In the afternoon, the Berlin Senate decides to tighten the Corona rules for the city. Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey calls the situation “very, very serious”.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 11th, 2022, 07:31 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 714
Total number of infections: 7,581,381
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 45,690
OMICRON cases: 89,464
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 114,351
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 322
Corona patients at ICUs: 3,253
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.34
Number of vaccine doses administered: 153.9
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 71.9

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 387.9
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 737.2

January 10th, 2022

Germany’s Seven Day Incidence rises to 375.7. Berlin reaches 694.1. Neukölln, a large district, becomes the city’s Corona hotspot yet again, with an Incidence of 1,041.4. Only the north-western city of Bremen is at a higher level. According to the Robert Koch Institute, its Incidence is 1,080.9 today, which means that 1,081 persons per 100,000 inhabitants, or about 1 in 100 people, have been infected in the past 24 hours.

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach announces more anti-Corona measures. In an interview with the ARD TV and radio network he says the latest restrictions were not enough to defeat the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus. At some point, more would have to be added. In the ‘Bericht aus Berlin’ broadcast, Lauterbach conceded it was unclear how reliable Corona tests were in regard to Omicron, especially right after persons were infected. But not testing people at all would be “far too dangerous”.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 10th, 2022, 06:02 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 713
Total number of infections: 7,535,691
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 25,255
OMICRON cases: n/a
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 114,029
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 42 
Corona patients at ICUs: 3,271
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.37
Number of vaccine doses administered: n/a 6:06 a.m.
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: n/a 6:06 a.m.

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 375.7
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 694.1

January 9th, 2022

Germany’s new government will likely not reach its goal to have compulsory Corona vaccinations in place by early March, according to the ‘Tagesspiegel’ daily. The paper reports, complicated legal questions and the dates of scheduled sessions at both the Bundestag and the Bundesrat were the reasons for delays which had to be expected. It might take until May or June. As a new poll conducted for ‘Bild am Sonntag’ shows, 61 percent of all Germans support mandatory Corona vaccinations.

In the meantime, Omicron is spreading quickly. Germany’s north-western part and Berlin are being hit the hardest right now. Berlin’s Seven Day Incidence just jumped to 685.7, which is an all-time high. Today, the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district is the city’s Corona hotspot, with an unbelievable Incidence of 885.0.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 9th, 2022, 07:06 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 712
Total number of infections: 7,510,436
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 36,552
OMICRON cases: 62,974 (Jan. 7th, 2:23 p.m. CET)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 113,977
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 77
Corona patients at ICUs: 3,314
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.46
Number of vaccine doses administered: 153.2 million
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 71.8

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 362.7
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 685.7

January 8th, 2022

In north-western Germany and Berlin, Omicron is making the infection numbers explode. Berlin’s Seven Day Incidence jumps to 647.9 from 511.5 on Friday. Once again, the Neukölln district is one of Germany’s Corona hotspots, with an Incidence level of 887.3. It is the highest Incidence ever registered anywhere in Berlin.

In Schleswig-Holstein, things do not look better. The Robert Koch Institute reported extremely high numbers for Lübeck (839.0), Kiel (693.4) and Flensburg (639.4). Located a bit further south, Bremen has the highest Seven Day Incidence of them all. It stands at 1,052.1 (no typo).

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 8th, 2022, 07:12 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 711
Total number of infections: 7,473,884
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 55,889
OMICRON cases: 62,974 (Updated Jan. 7th, 2:23 p.m. CET)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 113,900
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 268
Corona patients at ICUs: 3,378
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.15
Number of vaccine doses administered: 152.5 million
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 71.6

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 335.9
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 647.9

January 7th, 2022

During their first Corona conference of the new year, Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the First Ministers decide to change the rules yet again. Soon, persons who already got their booster vaccinations will still be allowed to enter restaurants, cafés and pubs without complications, while vaccinated people without booster will need (rapid) Corona tests as well.

The quarantine rules for ‘contact persons’ without symptoms are supposed to change too. Boostered individuals who were in contact with an infected person will not need to go into quarantine at all. Everyone else will have to stay isolated for ten days. After seven days, they may end their quarantine with a negative PCR test. It is unclear when exactly the new rules will apply.

In the meantime, the infection numbers are still on the rise. Germany’s Seven Day Incidence surpassed the 300 mark. In Berlin, it jumped from 416.9 to 511.5.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 7th, 2022, 06:43 a.m./5:57 p.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 710
Total number of infections: 7,417,995
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 56,335
OMICRON cases: 62,974 (Updated Jan. 7th, 2:23 p.m. CET)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 113,632
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 264
Corona patients at ICUs: 3,445
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.26
Number of vaccine doses administered: 151.8 million
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 71.5

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 303.4
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 511.5

January 6th, 2022

To Germany’s virologists, it is not a surprise that the infection numbers are increasing rapidly again, now that more reporting is being done again, after the Christmas vacations. The national Seven Day Incidence just jumped to 285.9. In Berlin, it surpassed the 400 mark again. Since yesterday, more than 64,000 new Corona cases were registered.

In Munich, hundreds of Corona deniers staged protests against the Corona restrictions yet again. Some of them tried to break though a police barrier. The officers had to use pepper spray and their clubs.

New related Feature: ‘Germany’s Robert Koch Institute: More than Just the Republic’s Corona HQ’

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 6th, 2022, 07:32 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 709
Total number of infections: 7,361,660
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 64,340
OMICRON cases: 42,556 (Update: Jan. 5th, 5:01 p.m. CET)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 113,368
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 443
Corona patients at ICUs: 3,561
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.26
Number of vaccine doses administered: 151.0 million
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 71.4

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 285.9
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 416.9

January 5th, 2022

In Germany, the number of Omicron infections triples within a week. On December 28th, it was just above 10,000. Now, more than 35,000 cases have been confirmed. According to Berlin’s new Health Senator Ulrike Grote, Omicron just overtook the Delta variant in the German capital, with a share of 43.5 percent. Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey announced stricter Corona rules. The Senate would discuss the next steps to take after Friday’s Corona conference with Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Germany’s Health Minister Karl Lauterbach tells the ‘RND’ in an interview, the “heavy wave” that was rolling towards Germany needed to be confronted. He announced he would suggest further measures at the Corona conference. Lauterbach also told unvaccinated persons to get immunized now. Even a first shot would bring about “an important protection effect”.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 5th, 2022, 06:25 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 708
Total number of infections: 7,297,320
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 58,912
OMICRON cases: 42,556 (Update: Jan. 5th, 5:01 p.m. CET)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 112,925
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 346
Corona patients at ICUs: 3,670
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.12
Number of vaccine doses administered: 150.1 million
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 71.3

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 258.6
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 336.3

January 4th, 2022

As expected, Germany’s Corona infection numbers are on the rise again, now that the Christmas vacations ended in some federal states. More than 30,000 persons were infected in the past 24 hours. The Seven Day Incidence jumped to 239.9. As it turns out, the vacations slowed down Germany’s vaccination campaign. In spite of the serious situation, conspiracy theorists protested against vaccinations and the government’s anti-Corona measures in several cities.

“The unvaccinated are the problem”, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach states. Even first vaccination shots could save lives, he stresses. Chancellor Olaf Scholz’ Berlin government is worried the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus might lead to astronomically high infection numbers, as it did in the United Kingdom and other countries.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 4th, 2022, 07:55 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 707
Total number of infections: 7,238,408
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 30,561
OMICRON cases: 35,529 (Update: Jan. 4th, 6:31 p.m. CET)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 112,579
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 356
Corona patients at ICUs: 3,803
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.12
Number of vaccine doses administered: 149.7 million
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 71.2

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 239.9
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 286.8

January 3rd, 2022

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach predicts Germany’s Corona infection numbers will increase substantially. In an interview with the TV channels RTL and ntv he says he was worried because many unvaccinated persons would be affected, but they did not have any protection. Lauterbach twittered many people would be sent to hospitals during the expected Omicron wave. The share of Corona patients who may have to be treated in intensive care units might not be that high, but since Omicron is far more contagious than the Delta variant, the health system could be overburdened anyway.

On Friday, Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the First Ministers will hold their next Corona conference. According to Minister Lauterbach, decisions need to be taken about the quarantine rules. Persons who already got booster shots may not have to go into quarantine anymore, or the duration might be decreased. Quarantines for individuals who work in the “critical infrastructure”, including hospitals, the fire department and police stations, would be discussed too, Lauterbach said.

Germany’s new Health Minister Karl Lauterbach is worried about the unvaccinated. Photo: Imanuel Marcus

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 3rd, 2022, 06:11 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 706
Total number of infections: 7,207,847
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 18,518
OMICRON cases: 30,325 (Update: 6:00 p.m.)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 112,223
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 68
Corona patients at ICUs: 3,804
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.07
Number of vaccine doses administered: 149.5 million
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 71.2

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 232.4
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 265.1

January 2nd, 2022

The Robert Koch Institute still says the interpretation of the latest numbers was difficult because there was less reporting and testing during the Christmas holidays, which are about to end tomorrow in several federal states. In the coming days, the numbers are supposed to become reliable again. In spite of this aspect, Germany’s Seven Day Incidence keeps on rising again. Today, it stands at 222.7.

As the police in Cologne confirmed, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach’s office in the city was attacked on New Year’s Eve. Windows were broken. Lauterbach said he believed the attack was launched by antivaxxers or Corona deniers. German-language media quoted him as saying it was sad that these groups had radicalized themselves. They had become obsessed. He also said he was receiving hate mail from within those circles. It is not the first time Lauterbach’s office was attacked.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 2nd, 2022, 06:20 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 705
Total number of infections: 7,189,329
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 12,515
OMICRON cases: 16,748 (No update available since Dec. 30th, 2021)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 112,155
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 46
Corona patients at ICUs: 3,823
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.12
Number of vaccine doses administered: 149.5 million
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 71.2

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 222.7
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 264.9

January 1st, 2022

Germany just extended its list of ‘High Risk Areas’. Canada, Italy, Malta and San Marino are now on it. Mauritius is not on the list anymore. Persons who enter Germany from ‘High Risk Areas’ need to go into quarantine for ten days unless they are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 up to six months ago. After five days, they can end the quarantine with a negative Corona test.

The Corona numbers are increasing again slowly. There are 26,392 new infections, some 4,000 more than last Saturday. Because of the ongoing Christmas holiday, not all health authorities report their numbers right now, which is why the Robert Koch Institute says the data should be interpreted with caution.

In his new year’s speech, Chancellor Olaf Scholz talks about Corona. He says Germany should stick together and be quicker than the virus. That way, the pandemic could be defeated in 2022.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: January 1st, 2022, 07:53 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 704
Total number of infections: 7,176,814
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 26,392
OMICRON cases in Germany: 16,748 (Dec. 30th, 5:26 p.m. CET)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 112,109
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 184
Corona patients at ICUs: 3,828
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.21
Number of vaccine doses administered: 149.3 million
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 71.2

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 220.3
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 282.7

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December 31st, 2021

The Robert Koch Institute’s latest Corona numbers are reliable in the sense that they show exactly what has been reported in the past 24 hours. At the same time they are not because there is less reporting and less people are being tested for Corona during the ongoing holiday. Even though data from many regions are still missing, for now, the numbers available are increasing.

Germany’s Seven Day Incidence was 207.4 yesterday. Now it is 214.9. Berlin’s Incidence rose substantially since Thursday, from 256.2 to 281.0. The number of Corona-related deaths remains high. It is unclear whether the increasing numbers are connected to the Omicron wave experts are expecting to hit. According to Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, the numbers will paint a more accurate picture of the situation in about a week from now.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: December 31st, 2021, 07:50 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 703
Total number of infections: 7,150,422
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 41,240
OMICRON cases in Germany: 16,748 (updated Dec. 30th, 5:26 p.m. CET)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 111,925
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 323
Corona patients at ICUs: 3,914
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.20
Number of vaccine doses administered: 148.8 million
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 71.1

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 214.9
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 281.0

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December 30th, 2021

According to Germany’s Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, the country’s actual Seven Day Incidence is likely two to three times higher than declared. He said because of the ongoing holidays, many employees who worked for health authorities were “not there” right now. This was why infection numbers in many regions were not reported. Lauterbach said he expected the data to be reliable again by January 7th, 2022, which is when Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the First Ministers are scheduled to have their next Corona conference.

Germany is expecting an Omicron wave to hit in early January. So far, 13,129 Omicron infections have been confirmed. In other European countries, this more contagious variant of the Coronavirus already is the dominating mutation.

In Munich, hundreds of Corona deniers and other conspiracy theorists staged illegal protests on Wednesday night. Some participants attacked police officers. One thousand of them were on duty. They initiated 700 legal proceedings against participants. In some cases, they used their bats.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: December 30th, 2021, 07:49 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 702
Total number of infections: 7,109,182
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 42,770
OMICRON cases in Germany: 16,748 (updated Dec. 30th, 5:26 p.m. CET)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 111,602
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 383
Corona patients at ICUs: 4,010
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.18
Number of vaccine doses administered: 148.0 million
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 71.0

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 207.4
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 256.2

December 29th, 2021

Omicron is spreading around Germany. In the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland and parts of Austria, the recently identified Corona mutation is already dominating the infection situation. Germany is not there yet, according to the official dat. But the number of Omicron cases is increasing rapidly. The week before last, 2,904 Omicron cases were confirmed. Last week, there were 6,257 additional ones.

After Christmas, the number of reported Corona infections seems to be on the rise again. More than 40,000 new Corona cases were registered since yesterday. It is the highest number since December 23rd. The Seven Day Incidence decreased to 205.5.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: December 29th, 2021, 06:48 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 701
Total number of infections: 7,066,412
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 40,043
OMICRON cases in Germany: 13,129 (Update 5:10 p.m. CET)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 111,219
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 414
Corona patients at ICUs: 4,124
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.18
Number of vaccine doses administered: 147.3 million
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 70.9

Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 205.5
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 265.6

December 28th, 2021

Exactly 700 days after the first Corona infection was confirmed in Germany, the numbers are decreasing. But, because of the ongoing holiday, not all health authorities and hospitals report their numbers. That is why the interpretation of the data is difficult.

In several German cities, anti-vaxxers, Corona deniers and other conspiracy theorists staged protests on Monday night yet again. At some locations, the situation escalated. In Bautzen, ten police officers were injured by violent protesters. Shortly after the pandemic hit Germany two years ago, the phenomenon of Corona deniers popped up. In spite of more than 110,000 Corona-related deaths and more than 7 million infections in the Federal Republic alone, they rally against measures designed to protect them, along with everyone else.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: December 28th, 2021, 06:37 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 700
Total number of infections: 7,026,369
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 21,080
OMICRON cases in Germany: 10,443
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 110,805
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 372
Corona patients at ICUs: 4,201
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.25
Number of vaccine doses administered: 146.7 million
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 70.8

(Vaccination numbers provided by RKI usually lag behind, especially after weekends)
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 215.6
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 263.1

December 27th, 2021

Because the reporting of Corona infection numbers paused over the holidays in many counties and cities, the official numbers are probably a lot lower than they should be. Germany’s total number of Corona infections just surpassed the 7 million mark, on the 699th day of the pandemic. This means there were 1 million infections per 100 days, statistically. After dropping substantially during Christmas, the number of new infections and the national Seven Day Incidence increased again on Monday. The same applies to Berlin’s Incidence.

Last week, the vaccination campaign, which includes first and second shots, but also boosters, continued at a high pace. On both Tuesday and Wednesday, more than 1.1 million persons were immunized.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: December 27th, 2021, 06:07 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 699
Total number of infections: 7,005,289
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 13,908
OMICRON cases in Germany: 7,225
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 110,433
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 69
Corona patients at ICUs: 4,279
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.26
Number of vaccine doses administered: 146.6 million
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 70.8

(Vaccination numbers provided by RKI usually lag behind, especially after weekends)
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 222.7
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 278.2

December 26th, 2021

The Robert Koch Institute reports the lowest number of new Corona infections in months. According to the data available, there are 10,100 of them. But since reporting stalls during the Christmas holidays, the actual number is likely a lot higher.

Even Ilm county in Thuringia, the nation’s Corona hotspot which had a four-digit Incidence until Saturday, is below 1,000 now. The national Incidence is 220.7, a lot lower than it has been in several weeks. But, because of the reporting issue, the RKI says the numbers should be interpreted with caution.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: December 26th, 2021, 07:42 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 698
Total number of infections: 6,991,381
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 10,100
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 110,364
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 88
Corona patients at ICUs: 4,279
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.31
Number of vaccine doses administered: 146.6 million
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 70.8

(Vaccination numbers provided by RKI usually lag behind, especially after weekends)
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 220.7
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 267.9

December 25th, 2021

Virtually all Corona numbers decreased substantially on the first of two Christmas Days Germany celebrates. But the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said “a lower testing and reporting activity” needed to be expected during the holidays. This means the actual numbers might be higher. Germany’s official Incidence level of 242.9 is a lot lower than it had been in the past several weeks, but a lot higher than the maximum registered in all previous Corona waves. Before the ongoing fourth wave, it never exceeded 200.

One federal state, Thuringia, still has an Incidence above 600. All others are below 500 now, including the other former hotspots Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. According to the Christmas numbers the RKI released, Berlin’s Incidence level decreased substantially, from 322.3 on Friday down to 280.5 on Saturday.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: December 25th, 2021, 08:02 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 697
Total number of infections: 6,981,281
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 22,214
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 110,276
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 157
Corona patients at ICUs: 4,279
Hospitalization Incidence: 3.69
Number of vaccine doses administered: 146.5 million
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 70.8

(Vaccination numbers provided by RKI usually lag behind, especially after weekends)
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 242.9
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 280.5

December 24th, 2021

Germany declares more countries ‘High Risk Areas’. They are Portugal, Spain, the United States of America, Cyprus, Finland and Monaco. Travelers who enter Germany from there need to go into quarantine for ten days unless they are fully vaccinated (two shots minimum) or recovered from COVID-19 recently. They also have to register online before they enter the country. Austria, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Cyprus and Serbia were taken off the list.

During the Christmas holidays, not all health authorities in Germany report infection numbers. According to the Robert Koch Institute, there are at least 35,431 new infections today. The number of Corona-related deaths since Thursday is 370. Berlin’s Incidence decreased a little, for the first time in nine days.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: December 24th, 2021, 09:05 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 696
Total number of infections: 6,959,067
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 35,431
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 110,119
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 370
Corona patients at ICUs: 4,382
Hospitalization Incidence: 4.55
Number of vaccine doses administered: 145.6 million
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 70.7

(Vaccination numbers provided by RKI usually lag behind, especially after weekends)
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 265.8
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 322.3

December 23rd, 2021

At this stage, at least 540 persons in Germany are infected with the Omicron version of the Coronavirus, according to the President of the Robert Koch Institute, Professor Lothar Wieler. This is the official number of registered cases. The actual one might be a lot higher. Wieler said the fact that Germany’s Corona infection numbers were falling right now was no actual tension release. An overburdening of the German health system needed to be expected because of Omicron. He asked people to keep their contacts to a minimum during the upcoming Christmas days.

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach stated a fifth Corona wave could not be prevented from hitting anymore. According to him, booster vaccinations give people a protection of 70 to 80 percent in regard to symptoms, and one of more than 90 percent against a severe disease progression. Lauterbach said the Moderna vaccine was a good product which needed to be used for booster shots, also because it was available in large amounts.

While Germany’s infection numbers are falling right now, Berlin is moving against the Trend. For eight consecutive days, the capital’s Seven Day Incidence has been on the rise again.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: December 23rd, 2021, 06:11 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 695
Total number of infections: 6,923,636
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 44,927
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 109,749
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 425
Corona patients at ICUs: 4,474
Hospitalization Incidence: 4.55
Number of vaccine doses administered: 144.4 million
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 70.5

(Vaccination numbers provided by RKI usually lag behind, especially after weekends)
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 280.3
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 333.6

December 22nd, 2021

In Germany, the last days of 2021 felt very much like the last days of 2020. Chancellor Olaf Scholz’ new government and the federal states agreed on new contact restrictions because of the spreading Omicron variant of the Coronavirus. From December 28th, 2021, the maximum number of persons who may gather is ten. As soon as only one unvaccinated person is involved, the rules become stricter. In this case, people from one household may gather with up to two persons from up to one more household. Children up to 14 years of age do not count.

Scholz and the First Ministers also decided to close all clubs, including discotheques. Germany’s critical infrastructure, including hospitals, the police, fire departments, ambulance operators, water and electricity suppliers and telecommunication service providers are supposed to implement their emergency plans for pandemics. The fear is that an enormous number of people will be infected or in quarantine soon and that this issue could prevent the critical infrastructure from functioning.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Source: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)
Date and Time: December 22nd, 2021, 05:47 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 694
Total number of infections: 6,878,709
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 45,659
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 109,324
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 510
Corona patients at ICUs: 4,563
Hospitalization Incidence: 4.57
Number of vaccine doses administered: 143.2 million
Percentage of fully vaccinated residents: 70.4

(Vaccination numbers provided by RKI usually lag behind, especially after weekends)
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 289.0
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 326.1