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Corona risk in Germany decreased

After three weeks, the corona incidence in Germany has risen slightly again. Less than 18 percent have full vaccination protection. Even so, there is good news on the development of the pandemic in the country.

Berlin (dpa) – Due to the more relaxed Corona situation, a milder risk assessment for Germany applies again for the first time after six months.

Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) announced on Tuesday in Berlin that the danger situation in Germany will be set from “very high” to “high”. Several federal states announced noticeable easing of protective measures and the opening of restaurants. The seven-day incidence in Germany, at 35.2, is slightly higher than the day before for the first time in three weeks.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and Minister Spahn did not rate the recent increase as a trend reversal. However, vigilance and protective measures are still necessary so that the number of infections does not rise again. “There are too many examples in the world where something went wrong again,” warned Spahn with a view to increasing corona numbers after a decline in other countries.

“We are still in the middle of this pandemic”

On December 11th, the risk assessment for Germany was upgraded. Spahn said: “The situation is getting better, it is getting significantly better, but we are still in the middle of this pandemic.” The new assessment is “a signal” that the very difficult situation broke with the second and then the third corona wave be. RKI President Lothar Wieler said: “Now we have to use this success to further reduce the number of infections. Let’s use the summer for this. ”The downgrade does not have any direct effects on the Corona measures, for example.

Spahn emphasized that if people are not careful, the situation can change very quickly and get worse again. Wieler said the possibility that people would be infected in this country has decreased. But it continues. In the risk assessment, Germany could “theoretically” be upgraded again if the situation worsened. Wieler reminded that many millions of people in the country have not yet been vaccinated. According to Spahn, every second adult now has at least one primary vaccination. In total, this is 43 percent of the people in Germany. But only 17.6 percent are fully vaccinated.

Wieler said, referring to the modeling of his institute: “With controlled opening we do not expect any further exponential growth.” In addition, the occupancy of the intensive care beds in the clinics will decrease over the next eight weeks. The seven-day incidence increased from 35.1 by 0.1 within one day. A week ago there were 58.4 reported new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and one week. Within one day, the health authorities reported 1785 new corona infections to the RKI. A week ago it was 1911.

Wieler said modeling suggested a slight temporary increase in incidence. The RKI explains this with opening steps. Of the more than 400 counties, only four would have a value of more than 100. “The incidences are also falling in all age groups.”

More generous openings in gastronomy

Several countries reacted to the falling numbers with further opening resolutions: In Berlin, restaurants are expected to be allowed to open their interiors to guests again from Friday. In Brandenburg, visits to indoor and outdoor restaurants are again permitted from Thursday, in some cases without a test requirement. In Hamburg, too, indoor catering is allowed to reopen from the weekend. In the popular Schanzenviertel and parts of St. Pauli, however, an alcohol ban will be introduced at the same time.

In Saxony-Anhalt, more people should be able to meet again from this Wednesday. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania relaxes its corona test obligation for vacationers; If you want to go on holiday in a holiday apartment or holiday home, you must present a negative corona test on arrival, but you no longer have to repeat it every three days.

The federal emergency brake with Germany-wide uniform restrictions for rising incidences is to expire on June 30, as already determined, according to Spahn’s will. “That doesn’t mean that all measures will then be over,” he said. “It would be and will remain ideal if, at the moment when there are suddenly strong increases in numbers regionally, locally, in a city, in a district, then immediately, and not back to 100, the numbers are then limited also sink again. ”If necessary, the federal emergency brake could also be reintroduced within one or two weeks by normal legal channels.

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