Coronary infection numbers are stagnating at a high level. So warnings about the proposed relaxation over the holidays are higher. The Bavarian government is now advising on tightening new measures.
The number of coronavirus infections in Germany remains high. According to the Robert Koch Foundation (RKI), health authorities reported 17,767 new corona infections within 24 hours. The number of reported cases is usually lower on Sundays, in part because of fewer weekend tests. However, the value a week ago was 14,611 new infections reported in one day.
The value of R seven days is increasing
In addition, a further 255 deaths were reported in connection with corona infection. This brings the number to 18,772 deaths since the pandemic began. According to the RKI, a total of 1,171,322 people were proven to be infected with the virus.
According to RKI’s management report on Saturday, the so-called R-seven-day value was 1.10. This means that 100 infected people theoretically infect 110 more people. The previous day the value was 1.04. The value represents the occurrence of the infection 8 to 16 days ago. If it is below 1 for a long time, the infection process subsides.
Concern about relaxation is growing
Against the backdrop of the figures reported on a daily basis, there is growing concern that these will skyrocket after the relaxation agreed upon by federal and state governments over Christmas and the turn of the year. There are growing warnings from the Union and SPD ranks not to take unnecessary risks.
The Town and Borough Association is also skeptical of the relaxation. “Depending on how the development is over the next ten days, the planned relaxation of Christmas and New Year’s Eve will certainly have to be questioned again,” chief executive Gerd Landsberg told the ” Handelsblatt ”. “Because this relaxation will not only lead to more connections, but also more travel activities, which in turn can be risky.”
Contact restrictions have been in place again since early November; on December 1, they were tightened in almost all federal states. Private assemblies are now limited to five participants from a maximum of two households; Children up to the age of 14 are excluded.
With regard to the festive season, however, the federal and state governments have agreed to allow ten people plus children between Dec. 23 and Jan. 1. However, not all federal states are participating in this relaxation. Berlin, for example, remains with the lower number of connections allowed, Baden-Württemberg only allows until December 27th.
Bavarian Cabinet advises on tightening
Also in Bavaria In Bavaria, current corona measures are being tightened. Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) has convened his cabinet for a special meeting. According to the State Chancellor, the Council of Ministers wants to advise on “further measures” via video link.
“He needs a consistent approach now,” Söder said of “Bild am Sonntag”. “We cannot accept the high number of deaths in Germany. Infection rates are still too high. It’s better to act until Christmas than stop and go permanently to the population.”
In the Free State, more difficult steps are now possible, for example in schools and in retail, but also more exit restrictions. Exit restrictions already apply in hotspots such as Nuremberg or Passau. The Lower Bavaria area of Regen has one of the highest values in Germany with more than 520 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days.
Clinics are nearing their limits
Some German clinics are probably at the limit of their capacity. “In individual countries like Saxony, the number of intensive care patients is five times as high as in April,” German Hospital Association President Gerald Gass said of “Welt am Sonntag”. Overall, 40 percent more Covid 19 patients are in intensive care units than in spring; around 16,000 affected people would be cared for in normal wards.
University clinics, which have so far been able to admit severely injured corona patients from smaller hospitals, were also nearing the load limit in some regions. Given staff shortages, admitting such patients is becoming increasingly difficult. “It is not the intensive care beds that are the limiting factor, but the appropriately qualified staff,” he warned.
A sober statement instead of illusion
Gaß dismissed criticism that the clinics would dramatize the situation in order to enforce more financial aid. The reintroduction of so-called flat detention rates for intensive care beds by January is the right move, but due to the “very restrictive allocation criteria” it will only help a few clinics effectively.
In fact, many hospitals would have to limit their standard care because of Covid-19, which threatened revenue shortfalls and liquidity problems. “It is also clear that we will run into problems if we fail to reduce the number of infections accordingly.” That is not a black or frightful painting, but a sober statement.