Corona pandemic in Germany: seven-day incidence increases to 100

As of: 23.10.2021 9:20 a.m.

The seven-day incidence has risen to 100 for the first time in around six months. The number of corona patients in the clinics remains at a low level, according to the RKI. SPD General Secretary Klingbeil urges caution.

For the first time since mid-May, the seven-day incidence in Germany has reached 100 again. That comes from the statistics of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

On Friday, the seven-day incidence was 95.1. A week ago the value was 70.8. It indicates how many people under 100,000 inhabitants become infected with the coronavirus within a week.

In the past 24 hours, the health authorities in Germany reported 15,145 new infections to the RKI. For comparison: a week ago there were 10,949 new infections within one day. The number of deaths is also rising again. According to the RKI, 86 people who had previously been proven to have been infected with the corona virus died within one day. A week ago there were 75 deaths.

Among the federal states, Thuringia currently has by far the highest seven-day incidence of 206.3. It is followed by Bavaria with 163.7 and Saxony with 159. The value is lowest in Schleswig-Holstein with 52.4.

Only a slight plus for corona patients

The so-called hospitalization rate remains at a low level and is only increasing slightly: on Friday it was 2.68 compared to 2.45 the day before. The previous high was reached around Christmas time last year. It was around 15.5. The hospitalization rate indicates how many people per 100,000 citizens are admitted to hospital for treatment as a result of an infection. At the beginning of September, the Bundestag decided that the number of corona patients in clinics should be the decisive factor when it comes to imposing or relaxing corona restrictions.

Be careful also “on the last few meters”

The general secretary of the SPD, Lars Klingbeil, still urges caution in view of the increasing number of new infections. “We moved through this crisis very sensibly and in solidarity. It should stay that way over the last few meters. We all want the pandemic to be over soon and we return to the old one – at least in most areas,” he said Funke media group. Klingbeil emphasized that the further course in the fight against the corona pandemic should be decided by a large majority in the Bundestag.

A debate is currently underway as to whether the so-called epidemic situation of national importance should be lifted. It is the basis for ordinances and central corona measures in Germany and has been in effect since March 2020. Among other things, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn had spoken out in favor of ending the state of emergency, but this should not be equated with an end to all precautionary measures. But the prime ministers of the federal states are worried that a nationwide patchwork of corona requirements will be created when the emergency situation is lifted. They are therefore pushing for uniform regulations.

FDP is pushing for booster vaccinations

For the health policy spokeswoman for the FDP parliamentary group, Christine Aschenberg-Dugnus, a completely different priority is in the foreground with a view to the increasing number of corona cases. From her point of view, it was to be expected that the infections would increase again in autumn and winter. One must now counteract this with a “vaccination booster campaign”.

In Germany, vaccinations against the coronavirus have been taking place for the third time in several federal states since the beginning of September. So far, these so-called booster vaccinations have primarily been given to older people, high-risk groups or certain occupational groups. The third vaccination started without an official recommendation from the Standing Vaccination Commission. The STIKO has only been recommending booster vaccinations for people aged 70 and over for around two and a half weeks, as well as for residents of nursing or old people’s homes and also for employees in certain industries.

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