Infection events: Weil pleads for New Year’s rest

Status: December 6th, 2021 7:35 am

The seven-day incidence rose slightly again – to 441.9. Lower Saxony’s head of government Weil again spoke out in favor of contact restrictions after the Christmas holidays – including those who had been vaccinated.

Lower Saxony’s head of government Stephan Weil has spoken out in favor of contact restrictions also for vaccinated people in the period after Christmas. The “numerous family contacts” during the holidays would “after all experience also cause a number of infections”, said the SPD politician of the “Welt”.

“So it is worth considering whether the associated infection dynamics should not be alleviated by taking a limited break.” Above all, one must keep an eye on the regions in which the health system is heavily overloaded. Weil had already made this proposal at the end of November and spoke of an “extended Christmas break”.

New year’s peace topic at the federal-state meeting

The next Prime Minister’s Conference is scheduled for Thursday. This is likely to be followed by the first meeting with the new Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who has probably been elected by then. “Then we will of course have to think about how things should go after Christmas,” said Weil. “In the end, it depends on the development of the infection process and the situation in the intensive care units.”

Last week, top representatives from the federal and state governments decided, among other things, that uniform nationwide contact restrictions will be introduced for people who have neither been vaccinated against corona nor have recovered from corona disease. Meetings are then limited to your own household and a maximum of two people from another household, with the exception of children up to 14 years of age.

Weil advocates compulsory vaccination

Weil believes that a general vaccination is now inevitable. He had concerns for a long time, because one Compulsory vaccination a significant encroachment on fundamental rights. The decisive impetus for rethinking was the appearance of the Omikron variant. You show once again that the virus is constantly changing, said Weil in the “world”.

This would result in two possibilities: “Either we achieve a very high vaccination rate, well over 90 percent of adults. Or we will continue to get violent waves of infections for the foreseeable future, which we then have to laboriously tackle with measures that in turn affect basic rights intervention.” With this in mind, he now considers compulsory vaccination to be absolutely necessary. “Our society needs a perspective.”

27,836 new infections within 24 hours

Meanwhile, the nationwide seven-day incidence has increased slightly. According to the Robert Koch Institute, the value was 441.9. For comparison: the previous day the value was 439.2, a week ago it was 452.4. 27,836 new infections were recorded within 24 hours.

The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was last given by the RKI on Friday at 5.52. The value is not reported on the weekend. It plays an essential role in assessing what is happening in the infection. If limit values ​​3, 6 and 9 are exceeded in the federal states, stricter measures to combat the pandemic can be imposed there.

“Overloaded capacities in the health service”

However, experts are currently assuming a noticeable underreporting. Health authorities and clinics can no longer keep up with reporting cases, at least in individual regions.

The RKI is also finding it difficult to assess the situation. On the one hand, the slowed increase in the seven-day incidence could be a first indication of a slightly weakening dynamic in the transmission process due to the significantly intensified measures to reduce contact, according to the RKI weekly report on Thursday evening. However, the development could “regionally also be due to the increasingly overloaded capacities in the public health service and the exhausted laboratory capacities”.

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