ARCHIV - 08.12.2021, Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart: Eine Mitarbeiterin einer Teststation führt einen Corona-Schnelltest durch. In der Corona-Sommerwelle erwartet das Robert Koch-Institut (RKI) auch in den kommenden Wochen weitere Herausforderungen (zu dpa «RKI: Eher Seitwärtsbewegung als sinkender Trend bei Corona-Zahlen»). Foto: Marijan Murat/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is still not giving the all-clear on the development of the corona summer wave in Germany. “Furthermore, a sideways movement rather than a downward trend can be observed,” says the institute’s weekly report on Covid-19 on Thursday evening.

The nationwide seven-day incidence fell only slightly last week compared to the previous week. The overall picture results from the already falling incidences in most western German federal states and Berlin – with slightly increasing incidences in the other eastern German federal states and Bavaria.

The RKI speaks of an estimated 800,000 to 1.5 million corona infected people with symptoms of an acute respiratory infection in the past week. There is still a high infection pressure in all age groups.

“Therefore, cases and, especially in the older age groups, hospitalizations, an increase in intensive care treatments and deaths can still be expected in the coming weeks.” The RKI speaks of a plateau of weekly deaths in connection with the virus just over 400.

As can be seen from the report, the omicron subline BA.5 has largely established itself in this country: According to the latest available data, the line has been found in almost nine out of ten positive samples.