Status: 10.12.2021 7:04 a.m.
The Robert Koch Institute has reported 61,288 new infections. The seven-day incidence decreased further to 413.7. However, experts have not given the all-clear and are calling on citizens to restrict their contact.
Across Germany, the seven-day incidence of coronavirus cases has again decreased slightly. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 413.7 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week. For comparison: the previous day the value was 422.3. A week ago the nationwide incidence was 442.1 (previous month: 232.1).
The health authorities in Germany reported 61,288 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. A week ago there were 74,352 infections. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the RKI has counted 6,423,520 detected infections with SARS-CoV-2.
According to the institute, 484 people died of or with a corona infection within 24 hours. A week ago there were 390 deaths. This increased the number to 104,996.
Hospitalization incidence at 5.75
The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was given by the RKI on Thursday as 5.75 (Wednesday 5.79). If the value of this so-called hospitalization incidence is above three, the 2G rule applies across the board for events in a federal state.
When evaluating the infection rate, it should be borne in mind that experts are currently assuming a noticeable underreporting. Health authorities and clinics can no longer keep up with reporting cases, at least in individual regions.
Bundestag wants to decide on further measures
In the fight against the corona pandemic, the Bundestag and Bundesrat are to decide on an initial limited vaccination requirement and further crisis regulations today. The legislative plans of the new coalition of the SPD, FDP and Greens stipulate that employees in facilities with vulnerable people such as nursing homes and clinics must provide evidence of vaccinations or convalescence by mid-March 2022.
In addition to doctors, pharmacies, dentists and veterinarians should also be able to vaccinate. Options for the federal states to restrict regionally tougher restrictions are to be supplemented and extended.
On Thursday evening, Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced joint efforts with the federal states to significantly accelerate vaccinations. With regard to the new virus variant Omikron, he said after a switching conference with the heads of government that it was now all the more urgent that as many as possible get a booster.
Drosten worried about Omikron
Virologist Christian Drosten also expressed similar concerns. Data from several countries such as South Africa, Denmark and England showed that the incidence of infections doubled about every three days. “That is significantly faster than what we were used to from the Delta variant,” said Drosten on Thursday evening daily topics.
He again emphasized the importance of the vaccination: “Anyone who can, has to be boosted now. All unvaccinated people have to sit down and think very carefully whether they really want to keep it up, in view of this new danger. This virus will also affect the unvaccinated. ” There is still a far too large vaccination pick among the over 60s in Germany, but also among the younger ones.
RKI: Risk for unvaccinated “very high”
The RKI also continues to rate the health risk for unvaccinated people in Germany as “very high”. This emerges from the weekly report that the institute published on Thursday. “The situation can only be improved by intensifying the measures to restrict contact and rapidly increasing vaccination rates.”
The RKI urgently advises that larger events and close contact situations, such as dance events or Christmas parties, be canceled or avoided if possible. This appeal is addressed to the unvaccinated as well as to the vaccinated and convalescent.