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Coronavirus in Germany: New concerns about overloading the intensive care units

As of: 10/28/2021 8:07 a.m.

The RKI reports more than 28,000 new infections within one day. In addition, 126 deaths and a surge in the seven-day incidence. In view of this infection occurrence, doctors are concerned about the situation in the clinics.

Coronavirus infections are increasing sharply in Germany. Nationwide, the health authorities reported 28,037 new infections with the pathogen to the Robert Koch Institute within one day.

A week ago, the institute had reported almost 12,000 fewer new infections within the same period. Yesterday the number was around 23,200.

Seven-day incidence increases to 130.2

The seven-day incidence – i.e. the new infections among 100,000 inhabitants within a week – is now 130.2 and has thus increased significantly both compared to Wednesday and last Thursday: on Wednesday it was 118.0, a week ago at 85.6.

Three federal states are now even recording a seven-day incidence of more than 200: According to the RKI, most new infections in Thuringia occur with an incidence of 259.8. It is followed by Saxony with 238.6 and Bavaria with 208.7. Schleswig-Holstein reports the lowest value with 63.3.

126 deaths within one day

The number of deaths that can be proven to be related to a corona infection is also increasing again: According to the RKI, 126 people across Germany who had previously been infected with the pathogen died in the past 24 hours. Exactly a week ago there were 67 deaths.

Since the outbreak of the corona pandemic, more than 4.5 million people in Germany have been infected with the virus. More than 4.2 million sufferers are considered to have recovered. A total of 95,485 people who were infected with the pathogen have died so far.

Doctors warn of overloading the clinics

The hospitalization rate is now 3.07, as the RKI further announced. The previous day the value was 2.95. The number indicates how many out of 100,000 people are admitted to hospital for treatment for Covid 19 disease within a week. However, some of the patients admitted are reported by the clinics with delay.

But although the hospitalization rate seems low, the managing director of the German Hospital Society, Gerald Gass, warns that significantly more corona patients were admitted to clinics within a week. “If this development continues, we will have 3000 patients in intensive care again in two weeks,” he told the “editorial network Germany”. The clinics could do that, but not without cutbacks in regular operations.

According to the register of the nationwide occupancy of intensive care beds, which is managed by the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, around 1,800 corona patients are currently being treated in German hospitals in intensive care units and almost 4,300 more in normal clinic wards. For comparison: In January, around 5,700 people were in intensive care because of Covid-19 disease.

Montgomery is pushing for higher vaccination rates

The chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, emphasized in the “Augsburger Allgemeine” once again that a vaccination significantly minimizes the risk of such a serious illness:

We must do everything in our power to increase vaccination rates. If the population has a high vaccination coverage, there are many more mild courses – they do not have to go to hospital, but many unvaccinated people are still seriously ill.

According to the RKI, at least 66.4 percent of the population nationwide are now fully vaccinated. About 69.2 percent received at least one dose of vaccine.

Is vaccination coming for younger children?

In Germany, vaccination is only allowed from the age of twelve. “We hope that in the next few weeks there will be European approval of the BioNTech vaccine for the age group of five to eleven years old, which will then also be adopted in Germany,” said the President of the German Society for Child and Adolescent Medicine, Jörg Dötsch , the newspapers of the Funke media group. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) had previously announced that it would make a decision on the approval of vaccinations for this age group before Christmas.

Dötsch emphasized that in his view the vaccinations for younger children would be adequately protected. A vaccination recommendation by the Standing Vaccination Commission can also be made retrospectively. In the United States, the FDA’s vaccination board recommended vaccinating children between the ages of five and eleven. In China, children from three years of age are vaccinated.

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