Too many intensive care beds occupied: Corona warning level applies in the southwest

STUTTGART (dpa-AFX) – In Baden-Württemberg, the corona warning level comes into force on Wednesday. The number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care units exceeded 250 on Tuesday for the second working day in a row, according to a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health in Stuttgart. This means that stricter rules will apply again in the future, especially for those who have not been vaccinated.

Health Minister Manne Lucha (Greens) announced on Tuesday that the first critical mark has been reached and the situation in the hospitals is tense. “We are currently experiencing a pandemic of the unvaccinated. We can see that not only in the separately reported incidence values, but also in the intensive care units.” Almost without exception, non-vaccinated patients with a severe course are there, according to Lucha. It is therefore clear that one must start with the restrictions with the non-vaccinated. “They are the drivers of the pandemic and put a strain on the health system,” said the Minister of Health.

For those who have not been vaccinated, the warning level means more extensive testing obligations and the return of contact restrictions. Those who have not been vaccinated or have recovered will in future have to show a PCR test for numerous leisure activities in closed rooms, for example in restaurants, cinemas or swimming pools. A quick test is then no longer sufficient.

In addition, the stricter rules provide for contact restrictions to one household and five other people. Vaccinated and Genesis as well as people who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons are excluded. Children and adolescents up to the age of 17 are also not included./ses/DP/jha

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