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Corona in Germany: Clinic situation is coming to a head – traffic light parties are reacting and changing intensive registers

The corona incidence in Germany continues to rise. The situation in the hospitals is worsening. The news ticker.

  • The corona numbers in Germany keep increasing. On Saturday, the seven-day incidence is 277.4.
  • The corona situation in hospitals is coming to a head. One country in particular is currently hit (see update from November 13th, 3:13 p.m.) .
  • The traffic light parties have initiated an adjustment of the intensive register (see update from November 13th, 7:26 pm).
  • This news ticker about Corona in Germany is continuously updated.

Update from November 13, 6:26 p.m.: The traffic light parties have initiated an adjustment of the intensive register. This confirmed Green health politician Janosch Dahmen to the RND. Accordingly, from the end of November it should be determined on a daily basis how many Covid intensive care patients are completely vaccinated against Corona. The SPD, FDP and Greens hope that this will provide a better overview in order to be able to react to the situation at short notice. So far, there has often been a lack of data on intensive care patients, whether they have been vaccinated or not. The clinics should only transmit the number of vaccinated and unvaccinated people in the corona intensive care units. In this way, data protection should be preserved.

Clinic situation is coming to a head – especially in one country the situation is “dramatic”

Update from November 13th, 3 p.m.: Because of the rapidly increasing number of corona patients, the situation in the clinics in Germany is getting worse. The capacities in the intensive care units are in some cases almost exhausted, other operations that can be planned are postponed, patients may no longer find a free clinic in their area and are taken to other cities in their federal state. Especially in the south and east, clinics are preparing for the transfer of patients to other federal states, as a survey by the German press agency showed.

But in other countries too, the possibilities for admission are limited. Saxony-Anhalt can currently care for the sick from its own country, but no longer accept patients from other countries, according to a spokesman for the hospital society.

A confidential report from the federal states shows that in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg “transfers between hospitals are already being carried out on a daily basis to compensate and maintain functionality,” as the newspapers of the Funke media group report. While there is still capacity in the north, it is practically used up in the south, they say. In Hesse and Bavaria, according to the Divi intensive care register, only 8.1 and 9.1 percent of the intensive care beds were free on Friday: 144 of 1788 beds in Hesse and 282 of 3104 in Bavaria.

The situation in Thuringia is particularly “dramatic”. This is reported by the Funke media group , citing the control group for patient distribution. Of the 637 intensive care beds, 82 were still free. At the same time, the country has the highest proportion of corona patients in intensive care units, at 23.9 percent (152).

According to the managing director of the state hospital company Stephan Helm, the main problem is the lack of staff to operate the intensive care beds. According to the hospital company in Lower Saxony, the background is layoffs, reductions in working hours and internal job changes. “The reason for this is the continuing stress on staff due to the corona pandemic,” it says here.

Corona emergency: Thousands of Bundeswehr soldiers are being prepared for deployment

Update from November 13, 2:43 p.m.: The Bundeswehr has also recognized the seriousness of the current developments and is preparing for a corona emergency. According to information from Spiegel , the responsible Lieutenant General Martin Schelleis is said to have sent a template to the military department. It says: By the end of November 6,000 soldiers should be ready to support the overburdened clinics and health authorities. This number should then double again by Christmas time. The soldiers should also help with the booster vaccinations and the expansion of rapid tests.

Corona in Germany: Merkel calls for vaccination

Update from November 13th, 2:02 p.m.: Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is still Chancellor, addresses people in her video podcast and appeals for vaccinations: “Please join in and try to convince relatives and friends as well.” With a view to the tense situation in the hospitals and the federal / state meeting next Tuesday, she calls for an agreement on a new threshold. This should relate to the hospitalization rate. Merkel says that a value is needed “from which additional steps to contain the pandemic can be applied in a binding manner in addition to the measures that have been in force until now, in accordance with the regional infection values”.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gives the seven-day incidence of hospitalizations, i.e. how many people per 100,000 inhabitants were admitted to hospital because of a corona infection, with a value of 4.7 on Friday yesterday.

Update from November 13th, 9.45 a.m.: The President of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (Divi) Gernot Marx addresses politics. In an interview with the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung , he demands: “We need clear communication of the decisions and an end to the permanent arguments, so that what has been decided can be implemented and adhered to”.

In addition, Marx sees the booster vaccination as a crucial and “most effective” tool to break the current fourth wave. Above all, one thing is important: speed. “The vaccination campaign has to be accelerated at full throttle, with everything that is possible!” Said Marx. That is why he thinks it makes sense to carry out the booster vaccination after five months instead of six months after the second injection, as was previously the case. Experience from Israel had shown that this was an effective measure.

Corona in Germany: Incidence reaches new high – more than 45,000 new infections

First report from November 13th, 9:05 am: Berlin – The seven-day incidence on Saturday morning is 277.4. On Friday morning the value was still at 263.8. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports 45,081 new corona cases within one day. Many of the hotspots with particularly high numbers of infections are in Bavaria and Saxony. The district of Saxon Switzerland-Eastern Ore Mountains, south of Dresden, reported 2,805 new infections, which means an incidence of 1,146.2. Just behind it is the Lower Bavarian district of Rottal-Inn with an incidence of 1122.3.

Corona in Germany: increasing numbers require tougher measures

According to the RKI (3:11 a.m.), 228 deaths in connection with the corona virus were reported across Germany. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the RKI has recorded a total of 4,987,971 infections in Germany.

Some federal states such as Saxony and Berlin are now consistently relying on a “2G” regulation. The measures are also being tightened in other European countries, in the Netherlands. A partial lockdown, with curfew, should provide more control here. As of Monday, only vaccinated and recovered students will have the opportunity to attend lectures at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg.

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