For the sixth time in a row, the seven-day incidence in Germany has risen. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Monday morning, it was 6,4 new infections per 100 inhabitants within seven days. The health authorities in Germany reported 000 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. For comparison: a week ago the value was 324 infections. According to the new information, two deaths were recorded across Germany within 212 hours. A week ago it was dead.
According to a report by the Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) now the hospitals for more detailed information about all corona cases treated. Accordingly, all corona patients treated in the hospital, age, type of treatment and vaccination status must be reported. "Since the risk groups at risk are already vaccinated, a high incidence does not automatically mean an equally high level of stress in the intensive care beds," said Spahn, according to the preliminary report. “We want to know who is sick and how well they are protected. This is the only way we can estimate in real time how high the burden will be on the health system and how well the vaccinations are working. "
Medical officer: Only vaccinated people should be allowed to travel
The chairman of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in Rhineland-Palatinate, Peter Heinz, calls for massive restrictions on freedom for unvaccinated people. “The non-vaccinated do not have the freedom to take off their mask. You are not allowed to go shopping in the stadium, in the swimming pool or in the supermarket without a mask. And you can no longer allow unvaccinated people and those with just a simple vaccination to go on vacation, ”he said. Even with a negative test, in his opinion, unvaccinated people should not go on vacation: “Freesting does not protect you. For example, if you go to an island with a negative PCR test, you can very well get infected there, go home and carry the virus. "
Anyone who gives back freedom to the unvaccinated "is wasting the chance to reach everyone with the vaccination," said Heinz. You have to make it clear to people: “Without vaccination there is no freedom. Without this pressure we will not convince people. ”Unvaccinated people are a danger to society and should therefore not be given the same freedoms as vaccinated people.
Heinz considers vaccination premiums to be "absurd". However, he rejects compulsory vaccination as “paternalism”. Giving freedom only to vaccinated persons is not a hidden obligation to vaccinate, "but an inevitable conclusion from a pandemic situation".
Minister of Education for Compulsory Attendance in Classes
Federal Minister of Education Anja Karliczek is in favor of all pupils having to appear in class after the holidays despite Corona. "In my opinion, the duty to be present should apply again as a rule," said the CDU politician. "Exceptions for previously ill and particularly vulnerable children and adolescents must, however, be possible." There will be framework conditions under which safe teaching can be guaranteed.
In her opinion, all students should be tested once before school starts after the holidays. “After that there must be regular tests, the frequency depending on the infection process. We should afford this as the first and most important measure in the event of increasing incidences, ”says Karliczek. Once again, she did not rule out the possibility of corona-related school closings again. “You can never guarantee or exclude anything in a situation like a pandemic. We don't know which variants are still to come. "
She is "confident that this autumn the schools can be kept open in principle". “We now have a completely different starting position after the holidays. We have an increasing vaccination rate and a good test structure, ”said the Minister of Education. In Germany, the federal states are responsible for structuring the lessons.
Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht, on the other hand, considers it too early to lift all corona restrictions. Before that, “we have to go much further in the direction of herd immunity,” said the SPD politician. Adults with certain pre-existing conditions and children could not protect themselves with a vaccination - even if they wanted to. There is currently no approved vaccine for children under the age of twelve. "The pandemic is not over yet," said Lambrecht.
The whole of Spain becomes a corona risk area
Due to the sharp rise in the number of corona infections, the Federal government on Sunday all of Spain and thus Mallorca and the Canary Islands as a risk area. The Robert Koch Institute announced on Friday. This means that the Federal Foreign Office will again advise against tourist trips to the Germans' most popular holiday destination in the middle of the summer vacation. However, there are hardly any practical consequences for holidaymakers: Those who return to Germany by plane from Spain must, as before, have a negative test or proof of a complete vaccination or recovery with them. This then eliminates the quarantine obligation.
The situation is different with the also very popular holiday island of Cyprus, which is classified on Sunday as a high incidence area with particularly high numbers of infections. Anyone who is on vacation there and has not been vaccinated or recovered will have to be quarantined for five to ten days in the future.
The new classifications are the result of the significant increase in the number of infections in many regions of Europe. In Spain, 6 of the 17 regions - including the holiday areas Catalonia and Andalusia - as well as the exclave of Ceuta in North Africa are considered risk areas. The Balearic Islands with Mallorca, the most popular holiday island for Germans, and the Canary Islands have so far been spared.
Countries and regions in which the number of new infections per 100 inhabitants in seven days (seven-day incidence) are over 000 are classified as risk areas. It is the lowest of three risk levels. Mallorca was removed from the list of risk areas in mid-March. Meanwhile, the incidence in the Balearic Islands, which also include Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, is already 50 on average. In the whole of Spain it is 141.
If the incidence is over 200, there is a risk of being classified as a high-incidence area with mandatory quarantine for those who have not been vaccinated or have recovered. Only then could significant consequences be expected for the travel industry. Cyprus shows that the upgrade can come very quickly. The country was only declared a risk area last Sunday. Just a week later, it is now one of four high-incidence areas in Europe alongside Portugal, Great Britain and Russia.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) had only calmed the Spain vacationers on Monday during a visit to Madrid and described the infection situation as not worrying. "There are no indications of developments that lead to fear that we will have to make decisions again in the foreseeable future that will mean that German tourists will no longer be able to go on holiday in Spain," he said. There is still reason for caution. But he currently does not assume that a reintroduction of the quarantine obligation for returning Spain vacationers is imminent.
The incidence in Spain at the time was just over 100 and has increased by nearly 80 since then. If the pace continues, Spain could face the same fate as Cyprus next week: upgrading to a high incidence area.
In addition to Spain and Cyprus, the federal government will reclassify the following other countries and regions on Sunday:
- Two regions in Ireland are becoming risk areas.
- Fiji in the South Pacific is becoming a high incidence area.
- Saudi Arabia and a region in Sweden are removed from the list of risk areas.
- The Arab Kingdom of Bahrain and Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean are being downgraded from a high incidence area to a risk area.
Bremen destroys unused Astra Zeneca vaccination doses
In Bremen, because the demand for vaccination appointments has been falling for two weeks now, more and more Astra-Zeneca vaccine doses are being destroyed without being used. In the meantime, according to the Robert Koch Institute, 42,1 percent of all people in the state of Bremen are fully vaccinated on Thursday evening, 66,5 percent have already received the first injection.
However, according to the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KVHB), a new problem arises: "With the new Stiko recommendation, the Astra Zeneca vaccine received the final fatal blow," said KVHB spokesman Christoph Fox. “The practices stay on it and have to dispose of the vaccine unused. That hurts many doctors and medical assistants who complain bitterly about it to KV Bremen. "
Overall, there is still a high workload in the practices, in some cases it is even increasing, said Fox, referring to the new recommendation of the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) on cross-vaccination and shortening the vaccination interval. Therefore, many inquiries from patients would have to be dealt with and appointments rebooked.
The Bremen health authorities announced that the vaccination centers will continue to be vaccinated at an undiminished pace. The speed of the second vaccinations is even increasing significantly, said Lukas Fuhrmann, spokesman for the Senator for Health, Women and Consumer Protection. This also has to do with the low-threshold offers in the city districts and the mobile vaccination vehicles, which continue to be very well received. "However, we are expecting a decline in demand in the coming weeks, which is also due to the very high vaccination rate in Bremen," said Fuhrmann.
RKI: Nationwide seven-day incidence continues to rise
The seven-day incidence of corona infections increased for the third day in a row. It was 5,5 new infections in seven days per 100 inhabitants. For comparison: a day ago it was 000, two days ago it was 5,2. The health authorities in Germany reported 5,1 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. This is evident from the numbers from Friday morning, which reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 949 a.m. For comparison: a week ago the value was 4.15 infections.
24 deaths were recorded across Germany within 49 hours. A week ago there were 69 deaths. The RKI has counted 3 detected infections with Sars-CoV-734 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not detected.
NRW allows parties again
After more than a year of the corona pandemic with some drastic restrictions on fundamental rights, a defused protection ordinance will come into force this Friday. In the most populous federal state, it allows a big step towards normalcy.
With negative tests and a hygiene concept, it will be possible to relax the party scene, clubs and leisure activities from Friday, which were actually only planned for August 27th or even later. Discos, fairgrounds and sporting events, music festivals and folk festivals, for example, are now again permitted in all places with a stable, low rate of new infections - but with negative tests for all unvaccinated or unrecovered participants. If the organizer does not control access, random checks must be carried out to determine whether the evidence is available.
The prerequisite for regained freedom is that the counties and urban districts fall under the new “incidence level zero”. It takes effect as soon as you have a maximum of ten new infections per 100 inhabitants within seven days on five days in a row. Most of the total of 000 districts and independent cities in North Rhine-Westphalia have already cleared this hurdle, but not all: the party cities Cologne and Düsseldorf, for example, have not.
SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans has criticized the easing in North Rhine-Westphalia as an electoral maneuver by NRW Prime Minister and CDU Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet. "What Armin Laschet is doing now is not based on reason, but rather fair weather policy with a view to the federal election," said the SPD chairman.
First of all, a higher vaccination rate is needed - that is only a matter of a few weeks, said Walter-Borjans. "If the state government is now pretending to be normal, it is almost a signal to the undecided not to take vaccination seriously," he said. The successes in fighting the pandemic should not be gambled away now.
The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach also criticized the easing in NRW. This gives the “wrong signal” that the pandemic is over, Lauterbach said on Thursday evening on the ZDF program “Maybrit Illner”. The North Rhine-Westphalian Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) replied that the state government was not daring. There is no federal state that tests so strictly, said Laumann in the ZDF broadcast.
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30 136 people died of Corona last year
The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) has figures on the Causes of death in Germany in the Corona year 2020 released. Accordingly, Covid-19 is at a total of 982 489 deaths in Germany last year - noted as illness on 36 death certificates. In 291 cases, the virus infection was also the cause of death, in the other 30 cases it was a concomitant disease.
According to these preliminary data from Destatis, Covid 83 disease was the cause of death responsible for death in 19 percent of cases. In 17 percent of the cases, people with a Covid 19 infection died as a concomitant disease, but from a different underlying disease.
These are preliminary results of the cause of death statistics, which will be published monthly for the first time from the January 2020 reporting period and which up to the present analysis comprised almost 92 percent of all deaths.
Covid-19 deaths are recorded in two ways: on the one hand via the official cause of death statistics, on the other hand via the reporting obligations under the Infection Protection Act (IfSG). The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the state health authorities publish Covid-19 death rates according to the IfSG. Differences in the two forms of documentation mean that the number of Covid 19 deaths in both statistics is not identical. Delayed late registrations, the late dispatch of death certificates or corrections, for example of the place of residence or gender, can only be integrated and corrected over time. The Federal Statistical Office therefore expressly pointed out differences in the results. In the statistics of the RKI, 41 476 deceased Covid-19 cases were reported for 2020. According to the Federal Office, the data from the cause of death statistics show hardly any change in suicides. Their number was 2020 in 8565, which is slightly below the number of 2019 suicides in 9041.
Delta variant dominates in Germany
According to the Robert Koch Institute, the delta variant has been the dominant coronavirus variant in Germany since the end of June. Their share is 59 percent. The proportion of the alpha variant, which had previously spread strongly, is only 33 percent.
The President of the German Society for Immunology, Christine Falk, therefore urgently recommends wearing a mask and complying with the corona rules, including testing. "If we don't do something, this thing will go through the roof," she said.
For the professor, the latest RKI results show that the delta variant is easier to establish with the currently low incidences in Germany. "There are only a few new cases overall, but many of them are Delta," she said. “We have had increasing numbers again since Tuesday. One can draw the conclusion that this variant contributes to the fact that more people are infected again. Because it is easy for the virus to jump from one person to the next. "
One example for Falk is Australia. That thought it was corona-free. “And then an aircraft crew slipped through the close-knit quarantine network.” A crew member went into a shopping mall. “There are animations in which you can see how he walks past people who have caught the virus as a result. Because in Australia there was no longer a mask requirement. ”The alpha variant could not have skipped this way.
“This means that at Delta, just a few virus particles manage to infect a person. And we still have a large proportion of unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people in Germany. So there is absolutely no way without a mask here. ”Keeping your distance, hygiene, ventilation and testing are the methods of choice. "That should be enough at the moment to recapture the advantage that Delta has over Alpha."
For the RKI, it is clear that the proportion of the Delta variant will continue to increase sharply - most recently from 37 to 59 percent within just one week. This sharp increase is accompanied by a slight increase in the number of cases and a continued low single-digit level of the seven-day incidence. Many experts fear a trend reversal with the increasing delta spread despite increasing vaccination rates. This was observed in Great Britain, among other places, in May. In addition, more than 40 percent of everyone knows with the Coronavirus According to a study by the Mainz University Medical Center, none of them were infected.
"If we are clever now, we shouldn't think again: It'll work out by itself," warned Falk. "Because we've had that before."
You can now see groups of people celebrating without protection, whether in football or privately. “But that's just not a good idea with this variant. You simply cannot trust this virus for a second and consider it more harmless than the alpha variant. Otherwise there might be a rude awakening. "