Is the corona situation stabilizing in Germany? The RKI reports almost 95,000 new corona cases on Wednesday (October 26). The death toll remains high at 242.
Berlin – The numbers only provide an incomplete picture of the corona infection process in Germany. Many corona cases are not recorded. Not everyone has a PCR test done. In addition, there are currently autumn holidays in some federal states. At the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the health authorities reported 95,787 new infections within 24 hours. The nationwide 7-day incidence is 528.0 (previous day: 570.2; previous week: 670.5; previous month: 293.6). That emerges from data from the Covid-19 dashboard on Wednesday morning.
Corona in Germany: RKI case numbers from October 26, 2022
|Coronavirus new infections
|Covid-19 patients in intensive care
|1,756 – 562 of them are artificially ventilated
Corona in Germany: Pressure on the clinics is growing – Charité worried
The corona wave is causing stress in the clinics. Nursing staff is scarce, and there are also absences due to illness. In the emergency rooms in Munich (Bavaria), sometimes grotesque scenes take place . 1,756 corona infected people currently have to be treated in the intensive care units. Of these, 562 are artificially ventilated. At the beginning of October, the number of patients skyrocketed.
Berlin’s Charité University Hospital views the current corona infection situation with concern. “We may be running into a situation at the Charité in which we have to restrict regular care again,” said Charité board member Prof. Martin E. Kreis, as reported by the dpa news agency. “If protection against infection were intensified with the obligation to wear masks indoors, we would have a good opportunity to counteract the difficult situation in hospitals,” said Kreis.
“Many employees are absent due to positive corona tests or illnesses”
According to the physician, there are two burdens for the clinics: “Firstly, we are significantly more sick than usual, many employees are absent due to positive corona tests or illnesses,” explained Kreis. In the past week, the number of occupied intensive care beds has gone up again. “A quarter of the patients who are admitted to us with a positive corona test have to be cared for there.” Above all, however, there is considerable pressure on the normal wards and emergency rooms.
“Many people come to the emergency rooms with Sars-CoV-2 infections. They have to be isolated there,” said Kreis. “If the capacities are fully utilized and people cannot be transferred further, the emergency rooms have to be reduced.” That was clearly evident in the past week.
Mask requirement discussion – countries want to discuss a threshold value in November
While doctors are calling for masks to be worn indoors, politicians are taking their time. The health ministers of the federal states announced on Monday that they wanted to proceed in a closed manner when introducing the obligation to wear masks indoors. A working group should now clarify “how, for example, a mask requirement could be introduced indoors, which threshold values should apply there,” said a spokeswoman for Saxony-Anhalt’s Health Minister Petra Grimm-Benne (SPD). The working group of the highest state health authorities is to discuss the threshold values on November 9th and 10th. (ml/dpa)