The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has again reported a peak in the nationwide seven-day incidence. The RKI gave the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week on Saturday morning as 497.1. For comparison: the day before the value was 470.6. A week ago, the nationwide incidence was 335.9, compared to 353.0 in the previous month. The health authorities in Germany reported 78,022 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. This is evident from numbers that reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 5 a.m. A week ago there were 55,889 infections. According to the new information, 235 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 268 deaths. The RKI has counted 7,913,473 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections go undetected. The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was 3.23 by the RKI on Friday. It was 3.09 on Thursday and 3.13 on Wednesday. It had risen again for the first time in a few days. It will not be published at the weekend. The RKI gave the number of recovered people on Saturday as 6,942,400. The number of people who died from or involved a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 115,572.
In the summer everyone could have “seen the virus before”
According to the corona expert Lars Kaderali appointed by the federal government, the Omicron virus variant could be the beginning of the end of the pandemic in Germany. “I would actually see it that Omicron could be the door,” said the Greifswald bioinformatician of the German Press Agency. He does not consider a more relaxed approach to the corona virus, as is being considered in Spain, to be advisable in this country. “Even if that goes well in Spain, one cannot conclude that that would be a good strategy for Germany.” The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez had said in a radio interview that one had to take into account that Covid-19 is developing from a pandemic develop an endemic disease. Experts have been working “for weeks” to treat Covid-19 like the flu. It is therefore planned to relax the monitoring of infections to relieve the overwhelmed health care system.
Spain does it
Spain has a significantly higher vaccination rate and a significantly higher number of infections. “That means Spain is closer to this endemic situation.” According to Kaderali, very roughly, over 90 percent of the Spanish population carries corona antibodies. “And here we are in Germany, I would say, far away.” In Germany, the proportion is at least ten percent lower. According to Kaderali, there is hope that by the summer everyone in the population will have “seen the virus before” – either through infection or vaccination, with the latter being preferable. Then the virus could lose its terror for the coming autumn. He hopes that restaurant closures or 2G rules will no longer be an issue next winter. First of all, however, the omicron wave should be flattened by taking measures to avoid overloading the intensive care units. Because although the omicron variant probably entails less hospitalization than other variants, this effect is compensated for by the high infectivity and many cases. Figures from the USA also suggested this.
Marie Lisa Kehler
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