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Corona numbers continue to rise – staff shortages sometimes reach a "critical" limit: is there a risk of the omicron collapsing?

The corona incidence in Germany continues to rise and is now over 1300. Meanwhile, an omicron sub-variant is being kept in mind. The news ticker.

  • With the Corona * numbers, the RKI again reports maximum values on Saturday (February 5, 8:07 a.m.) .
  • Omicron wave hits companies (see update February 5, 8:24 a.m.) .
  • Hesse relaxes corona rules: 2G in retail tipped (see update, February 5, 12.40 p.m.) .
  • Almost a month and a half before the start of the facility-related vaccination requirement, tens of thousands of employees are still unvaccinated (see update from February 4, 9:50 p.m.).

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Unvaccinated people in Hesse are allowed to shop again from Monday

Update from February 5, 12:26 p.m .: Unvaccinated Hessians are allowed to shop again. Hesse will relax its corona restrictions from Monday (February 7) and end the 2G rule in retail. At major events, more spectators are allowed again. However, a maximum of 10,000 spectators are permitted outdoors. Inside, the number is limited to 4,000 people. But the 2G plus rule still applies here. Those who have been vaccinated or have recovered have access with an additional test or a booster vaccination. In addition, wearing an FFP2 mask when shopping is mandatory for everyone over the age of 16 – even in the supermarket. Hesse’s Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) expressly points this out in a press release.

Corona numbers continue to rise – staff shortages sometimes reach a “critical” limit: is there a risk of the omicron collapsing?

Update from February 5, 8:24 a.m .: The omicron wave is making itself felt. Companies suffer from massive staff shortages. This was the result of a survey of 370 companies by the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), reports Deutschlandfunk. According to this, every fourth company described the current failures as “significant”. Another four percent rated the situation as “critical” for maintaining the offers.

According to the survey, the companies expected the development to worsen in the next few days. Companies in the health care sector and in the transport and logistics sector are particularly affected. Retail and wholesale are less affected than the average.

Update from February 5, 8:07 a.m . According to experts, a lot of data is currently not recorded at all. The test capacities and the health authorities are at the limit. Nevertheless, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports 217,815 new corona infections in the past 24 hours. 172 people in Germany died with or from Corona. The RKI gives the 7-day incidence on Saturday at 1388.0.

RKI reports 217,815 new corona infections – incidence continues to rise

Corona infections since the beginning of the pandemic in Germany: 10,889,417
Corona deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in Germany 118,676
New infections on Saturday (February 5, 2022): 217,815
Deaths in the past 24 hours: 172
Nationwide 7-day incidence on Saturday (February 5, 2022): 1388.0
Pays the recovered: 8,016,000
Active corona cases in Germany: 2,754,700

Six weeks before compulsory vaccination starts in care – tens of thousands of employees are still unvaccinated

Update from February 4, 9:50 p.m .: From mid-March, employees in care facilities and hospitals will be subject to facility-related vaccinations. Opponents of this measure had repeatedly warned in advance that such an approach could drive unvaccinated staff out of work and thus even trigger a nursing shortage in Germany. As a survey by the SWR among the responsible ministries has now shown, tens of thousands of employees in care facilities are still without vaccination protection. All federal states apart from North Rhine-Westphalia took part in the survey.

As the survey showed, the highest vaccination rates can be found in the care sector in Rhineland-Palatinate. There, 92 percent of the employees were vaccinated. In Baden-Württemberg, 85.4 percent of employees have received a vaccination. With almost 100,000 employees in the care sector, more than 14,000 employees remain without vaccination protection. Saxony and Thuringia bring up the rear with a vaccination rate well below 70 percent.

Corona virus in Germany: Next federal state announces easing

Update from February 4, 7.30 p.m .: In Thuringia, several easing for retail, gastronomy and body-related services will take effect on Monday. This emerges from the new Corona regulation of the state on Friday, which is available to The currently applicable 2G regulation will then be replaced by a 3G regulation. Access to the respective facilities will then also be granted to people who are neither vaccinated nor recovered, but who have a rapid test that is updated daily.

In addition, sporting events can again take place in front of spectators from next week and swimming pools and thermal baths are allowed to open. However, the 2G Plus regulation applies to these. Various federal states had already announced relaxation of the measures in the past few days. In Schleswig-Holstein and Hesse you can go shopping in the future without proof.

Eine Klinik-Mitarbeiterin zieht den Covid-19-Impfstoff von Biontech/Pfizer für eine Impfung auf eine Spritze.


There is still a gaping vaccination gap in the care sector in Germany. (icon picture)

Corona virus in Germany: Federal government removes other countries from the list of risk areas

Update from February 4th, 2 p.m.: While the corona numbers in Germany are rising to unprecedented heights, the federal government is removing numerous African countries from the list of corona high-risk areas for the second time in a row. The Robert Koch Institute announced on Friday that 33 African countries would be removed from the risk list this Sunday. A week ago, 13 African countries were removed from the list. Africa was the last continent to be hit by the corona pandemic – and could now be the first to emerge from the crisis. Meanwhile, other countries are being reclassified as high-risk areas. Among other things, the countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Palestinian Territories.

In addition to Equatorial Guinea and Ethiopia, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, the Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire), Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea- Bissau, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Togo and

The African countries where the omicron variant of the virus first spread in November were delisted a week ago. At first there were gloomy scenarios that predicted the severest effects on Africa. These have only partially materialized – above all in the form of massive job losses and serious impairments for the school system in countries like Uganda.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic in Africa with its 1.3 billion people, 10.8 million infections and 240,000 deaths have been registered. Five countries accounted for more than half, at 60 percent: South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Ethiopia. Even if only eleven percent of the population is vaccinated, the trend is now clearly pointing downwards across Africa.

Update from February 4, 12:20 p.m .: The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is preparing Germany for millions of infections with the corona virus after the peak of the omicron wave. The numbers and contagion reach a whole new level.

Update from February 4th, 12 noon: Because his parents are not vaccinated against Corona, the treatment of a seriously ill boy in several hospitals is rejected. A clinic in Germany also refuses*.

Corona: Germany’s number of cases reaches a new dimension – does the omicron subtype cause a wave in the wave?

Original report from February 4th: Munich – Another new high in the number of new corona infections transmitted: According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI)*, the health authorities reported 248,838 cases in 24 hours on Friday morning (RKI dashboard, status: April 4th). February, 3:49 p.m.) . A week ago there were 190,148 new infections recorded. The RKI gave the seven-day incidence as 1349.5 – this is also a high. For comparison: the day before the value was 1283.2.

Eine Mitarbeiterin einer Teststation in Oldenburg nimmt einen Abstrich von einem jungen Mann.


An employee at a test station in Oldenburg takes a swab from a young man.

Mind you: Experts assume a high and increasing number of cases that are not recorded in the RKI data – for example because test capacities and health authorities are at the limit in many places. In addition, some cities and districts have been reporting problems with the transmission of the Corona * case numbers for days. An RKI special team meanwhile expects up to 800,000 new infections per day.

According to the new information, 170 deaths were recorded nationwide within 24 hours. The number of corona-infected patients who came to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within a week was given by the RKI on Thursday as 5.00 (Wednesday: 4.77). These may also include people with a positive corona test who have another main illness.

Corona numbers in Germany – the number of doctor visits is stagnating in some cases

Another number to classify the situation: The RKI estimates that there were around 320,000 doctor visits in Germany in the past week because of Corona. The values of the fourth wave are already significantly exceeded in almost all age groups, the authority writes in its weekly report on Thursday evening. “Compared to the previous week, the increase in the 35 to 59 year olds and the over 80 year olds continued, while the number of doctor consultations for COVID-ARE in the other age groups stagnated or fell slightly,” it says.

According to RKI calculations, 0.9 to 1.8 percent of the population aged 15 and over had contracted Covid-19 with symptoms of an acute respiratory disease in the previous week. In the case of children up to the age of 15, the Institute speaks of a proportion of those affected of around 1.6 to 3.2 percent. The RKI has been presenting such calculations for around two weeks – also because laboratories and health authorities are at the limit when recording infected people and it is assumed that the reporting data is becoming increasingly incomplete.

According to the RKI, estimated values for hospital admissions of patients infected with Sars-CoV-2 “remained at a high level” and showed a continued slight upward trend (so-called adjusted hospitalization incidence). In intensive care units, there is currently no increase due to the omicron wave.

Corona: Omicron subtype continues to grow at a low level

Meanwhile, the apparently even better transferrable omicron sub-variant BA.2* continues to increase in Germany at a low level. For the week ending January 23, the RKI reports a share of 5.1 percent – around twice as much as the week before. The data come from a sample of cases where full genetic analysis was performed. Accordingly, the omicron subtype BA.1 has dominated in Germany so far . Experts recently warned of a wave within a wave or an extension of the omicron wave. (dpa/cibo) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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