The fourth wave in the corona pandemic has begun. This is announced by the RKI. More and more young people are currently suffering from Covid. The news ticker.
- The RKI reported more than 9,200 new corona infections and an incidence of 48.8 on Friday morning. (see first report)
- Currently, younger people are becoming so sick that they have to go to intensive care. (see update from 10.15 a.m.)
- Health Minister Jens Spahn ruled out new restrictions for vaccinated and convalescent people. (see update from August 20, 8:49 p.m.)
- This news ticker on the subject of Corona in Germany * has ended. The continuation from August 21, 2021 can be found here.
Update from August 20, 8:49 p.m.: No more restrictions for vaccinated and recovered people – as the German Press Agency reports, Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) rules out future contact and exit restrictions for recovered or vaccinated people. “We are currently vaccinating Germany back to freedom,” said Spahn during his virtual visit to the CDU Wiesbaden.
Update from August 20, 4:35 p.m.: Germany is still in the middle of the vacation time. During the Corona crisis, however, traveling is often not that easy. The RKI has added high-risk areas to its list. There are also some popular holiday islands in Greece. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health in Spain declared all of Spain to be a corona risk area on Friday.
Abundance of vaccine: Federal states want to get rid of three million vaccine doses
Update from August 20, 2 p.m .: The federal states want to get rid of almost three million vaccine doses. Spiegel reports. According to the Ministry of Health, the federal states have registered 2.76 million doses for return. Around 2.6 million doses are Astrazeneca’s vaccine, which has become slow-moving in the vaccination centers. The ministry wants to give away the superfluous vaccines to third countries, it is said. The vaccine would have to be stable for at least two months. The federal government forwards all new deliveries from Astrazeneca directly to the Covax initiative in order to give them away to developing countries. Germany plans to make at least 30 million cans available to other countries free of charge by the end of the year.
NRW: Dancing only with a PCR test
Update from August 20, 1:35 p.m .: In North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the 7-day incidence is currently highest at 83.4 (see also first report) . Since this Friday (August 20), new corona rules apply. Gastronomy, hotels, fitness studios and hairdressing salons should remain open – for everyone who has been vaccinated, recovered or tested. The so-called “3G proof” applies from an incidence of 35, reports the NRW government. However, a negative PCR test must be presented in clubs and discos as well as at “private parties with dancing”. A rapid antigen test is not sufficient here.
Corona: 99 million vaccine doses administered
Update from August 20, 12.50 p.m.: In Germany, around 99 million vaccine doses against the coronavirus have now been administered. According to the Federal Ministry of Health, just under 48.7 million people or 58.5 percent of the total population are now fully vaccinated with the second dose, which is usually necessary. Almost 53.1 million people or 63.8 percent of all residents have received at least one first vaccination. Minister Jens Spahn confirmed on Twitter: “Our motto: vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate!”
Spahn explained that among the 12 to 17 year olds, 26.2 percent had now received a first vaccination. For 18 to 59 year olds it is 64.7 percent and for over 60 year olds it is already 86 percent. According to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 17 percent of 12 to 17 year olds, 61.7 percent between 18 and 59 years and 82.9 percent of all people over 60 years are fully vaccinated.
Corona in Germany: Younger people are becoming more and more seriously ill
Update from August 20, 10.15 a.m .: The corona pandemic is picking up speed again, the number of new infections also increases sharply on Friday (see original message below). But how many of the infected people become so seriously ill that hospital treatment is necessary? Apparently, younger people are currently increasingly in need of medical help.
As a survey by the Landeszentrum Gesundheit NRW (LZG) in Bochum shows, younger people are apparently suffering from a severe corona course more and more often. This is reported by the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger . Accordingly, of 891 patients who were treated as inpatients in NRW clinics between July 1 and August 10, 29.5 percent were under 40 years of age. Adolescents and young adults also have difficult courses in some cases. The proportion of people under the age of 20 is 8.2 percent. 30.9 percent of the patients are between 40 and 60 years old. According to the LZG, the vast majority of patients are not or not fully vaccinated. 87.1 percent of those treated in the hospital were not or only partially vaccinated, in some cases the vaccination status was unclear.
NRW Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann told the newspaper that the corona virus had become “at home” in Germany. “Those who do not get vaccinated run a very high risk of falling ill unprotected, possibly even very seriously ill and ending up on ventilation,” warned the CDU politician. “Sooner or later, each of us will be confronted directly with the virus,” added Laumann. “The question is whether with or without vaccination protection. As health minister, but also personally, I can only recommend vaccination protection to everyone. “
Corona in Germany: Over 9,000 new infections – A group of people particularly often in intensive care
Original message from August 20, 2021: Berlin – According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 9,280 new corona infections have been recorded in the past 24 hours. A week ago there were 3,702 fewer corona cases. This is evident from the data on the RKI dashboard on Friday. Another 13 deaths were recorded (previous week: 19 deaths). Since the beginning of the pandemic, 91,956 people have died so far.
The 7-day incidence has been increasing relentlessly for weeks and is now 48.8 (previous day: 44.2) *. The value developed differently in the federal states, but with an upward trend. North Rhine-Westphalia (83.4) has replaced Hamburg at the top.
Corona in Germany: 7-day incidence in the federal states (as of August 20, 2021)
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RKI: Germany is at the beginning of the fourth corona wave
Germany is at the beginning of the fourth corona wave, the RKI announced. “The number of cases has been increasing again since the beginning of July 2021 and is increasing much earlier and faster than last year,” said the RKI weekly report on Thursday evening.
According to the RKI, younger age groups are particularly affected. “The positive proportions are by far the highest in these age groups.”
The proportion of positive samples in the PCR tests increased from four to six percent within a week. “This clearly shows the beginning of the fourth wave, which is picking up speed, particularly due to infections among the young adult population,” explains the RKI.
Corona in Germany – who has to go to hospital because of Corona?
A corona infection * runs differently. Some people feel no symptoms at all (asymptomatic); others, on the other hand, have to be artificially ventilated in the intensive care unit in the hospital.
The number of corona patients is increasing in the hospital. The RKI has broken down the affected age groups.
- Age group of 35 to 59 year olds.
- Age group of 15 to 34 year olds
- Age group of 60 to 79 year olds
Corona: patients in the intensive care unit
The number of Covid patients in the intensive care units is rising again slightly. According to the RKI weekly report, the largest proportion of those requiring intensive care is to be found in the 40 to 49 age group.
622 corona patients currently have to be cared for in an intensive care unit in Germany, 290 of them are ventilated. This can be seen from the data of the DIVI intensive register (as of August 20, 7.14 a.m.). The number has been rising steadily since the end of July. Most Covid sufferers in German clinics do not have a corona vaccination. According to information from intensive care physicians, every tenth corona patient is ill despite being vaccinated. (ml) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA
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