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Weekly incidence rises for the seventh consecutive day in Germany

Berlin, Oct 17 (EFE) .- The weekly incidence rose this Sunday for the seventh consecutive day in Germany and stood at 72.7 infections per 100,000 inhabitants compared to 70.8 on Saturday and 66.1 a week ago according to the latest figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for virology.

The health offices reported 8,662 confirmed infections to the RKI compared to 7,612 a week ago and 24 deaths compared to 17 the previous Sunday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the RKI has reported 4,373,789 cases of coronavirus in Germany. 4,147,000 people have overcome the disease and 94,618 have died from causes related to it.

RKI Director Lothar Wieler estimates that the upward trend will continue into the fall.

“The severity and duration of that wave is difficult to predict,” said Wieler, who recalled that in the summer 20 percent of the cases were imported cases.

Much depends on how the coronavirus vaccination campaign progresses.

65.7 percent of the German population, or 54.7 million people, have received the full course of the vaccine and 57.2 million, or 68.8 percent, have received at least the first dose.

According to RKI figures, 86.5 percent of those over 60 are vaccinated. Among people between 18 and 59 years old the quota drops to 71.4 percent and between 12 and 18 years old to 44 percent.

However, the RKI considers that the actual vaccination figures may be higher since there are doctors who report late or do not report to the RKI the people who vaccinate.

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