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Berlin, Jan 23- The German health authorities reported 16,417 new infections with coronavirus in the last 24 hours, while the number of fatalities rose to 879, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) of virology updated last midnight.

A week ago, infections reached 18,678 new positives and the number of deaths with or from covid-19, 980.
The number of positives since the first contagion was announced in the country at the end of January last year totals 2,122,679 and that of fatalities, 51,521.
The maximum number of infections was registered on December 18 with 33,777 new infections, and that of deaths, on Thursday of last week, with 1,244 in 24 hours.
In Germany as a whole, the cumulative incidence in the last seven days stands at 112.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 139.2 last Saturday, and new infections totaled 93,672 in the last week.
Two federal states, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt, have the highest cumulative incidence in seven days in the country, with 209.5 and 204.1 new positives per 100,000 inhabitants, respectively.
The peak incidence at the federal level had been registered on December 22 with 197.6 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a week.
The number of patients with covid-19 in intensive care units on Friday amounted to 4,768 -19 less in one day-, of which 2,692 -56% and 40 less compared to Thursday-, need assisted respiration, according to data from the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI).
In one day, 604 new admissions of patients with covid-19 were registered in the ICU and 623 left intensive care, of which 34% correspond to deaths, the RKI specifies in its daily report.
The reproduction factor (R) that takes into account infections in a seven-day interval is 0.97 in Germany as a whole, which implies that every 100 infected infects on average another 97 people.
Since December 26, the number of people who have already received the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine in Germany has risen to 1,386,464, which corresponds to a 1.7% share, while 115,175 people already have been vaccinated for the second time.

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