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ROUNDUP: Negative trend in corona data – two countries with incidence over 200

Wednesday, 10/27/2021 2:05 p.m. from

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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – The corona situation in Germany continues to worsen. This is shown by a look at several nationwide indicators: The seven-day incidence, for example, has almost doubled since the end of September. While around a month ago around 60 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week were reported, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Wednesday there are now 118. The reports of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants and week have also increased significantly: from 1.44 on September 27 to 3.07. However, there are large regional differences, for Thuringia the RKI even gives the so-called hospitalization incidence as 8.54.


Thuringia is also the federal state with the highest incidence of infections in a comparison of federal states: 241.8 infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week were recorded there, according to the RKI, a week earlier it was 163.5. Because of the worsening situation, the city of Erfurt has tightened its regulations for events. The second and third highest incidences are found in Saxony with 200.8 and Bavaria with 191.3. Several other countries are below the 100 mark. The Saarland has the fewest virus proofs with 52.9. The districts, which according to the RKI have the highest incidences nationwide, have values ​​around ten times as high: Mühldorf am Inn (592.4), Traunstein (498.6) and Berchtesgadener Land (489.1). They are all in Bavaria.

The regionally different developments could at least partly be explained by different autumn vacation times and the respective vaccination rates. It is also noticeable that districts near the borders with the Czech Republic and Austria are sometimes more affected. In terms of vaccination rates, Thuringia, Saxony and Bavaria are in the lower third of the state ranking. Between the front runner Bremen and the bottom light Saxony, the proportion of completely vaccinated people is over 20 percentage points. Experts had therefore expected an inconsistent picture of the infections.

In Germany, most virus detection is still in age groups under 60 years. According to RKI data, the seven-day incidence also increases significantly among seniors – by around 62 percent compared to the previous week’s figure for 60 to 79-year-olds (to 58.9) and by around 52 percent for those aged 80 and over. Year olds (to 68.3). Infections in the elderly are considered to be particularly significant for the burden on the health system, as their risk of serious and fatal disease courses is significantly increased. According to statistics, there are still gaps in vaccination among older people, so almost 15 percent of those aged 60 and over have no or incomplete vaccination protection.

According to the Divi Intensive Care Register, the number of Covid 19 patients treated in intensive care units has already increased in recent days. As of 1768, as many of these patients are treated at the same time as they were last when the third wave subsided in June. The maximum exposure to Covid-19 cases in intensive care treatment had been over 5500 people affected at the beginning of January. In contrast to then, however, according to Divi, 4,000 beds are now less operable – due to a lack of staff.

The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days is the most important parameter for a possible tightening of the restrictions. With the indicator it must be taken into account that hospital admissions are sometimes reported with delay. A nationwide threshold value from when the situation can be viewed critically is not provided for the incidence of hospitalization, among other things because of large regional differences. The previous high was around 15.5 around Christmas time.

The number of new infections recorded nationwide compared to the previous day was 23 212 on Wednesday, the highest it has been since spring. More than 20,000 cases within one day were last reported in early May. The laboratory association ALM reported that now more than every tenth PCR test for Sars-CoV-2 is positive. The organization gave the positive rate for last week at 11.11 percent, after 8.41 percent the week before./ggr/DP/jha

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