NewsIncidence at 61.4 - infection rate continues on plateau

Incidence at 61.4 – infection rate continues on plateau

The corona infection rate remains at a comparatively low level. The Bonn virologist Hendrik Streeck sees the possibility that the virus could be relieved of horror faster than is often assumed. But that’s not clear so far.

Berlin – The seven-day incidence in Germany rose slightly for the first time this week. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week on Sunday morning as 61.4.

The previous day the value was 60.6 (previous week: 70.5). The incidence had risen steadily from the summer to around the beginning of September, then reached a plateau and tended to decline again since the middle of the month.

According to the RKI’s weekly report on the downward trend, the current development could be due to a decline in summer travel, a decrease in the number of infections detected at the start of school and the vaccination rate and the introduction of the 2G and 3G rules in many areas. Experts point to a similar plateau in the past year and fear a renewed increase in the numbers in the next few weeks. Basically, it is still too early to speak of an all-clear or a sustained trend, a spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Health said on Friday.

The Bonn virologist Hendrik Streeck already sees the pandemic moving into an endemic, “in a state where the virus is still there, but most people have immunity and thus the virus is less dangerous”, as he said of the “Augsburger Allgemeine “Said. He personally thinks that Germany is further along this path than is often communicated. “We have a vaccination quota of 67 percent, but for those over 18 years of age it is almost 80 percent.” If you add those who have recovered, it is almost 90 percent, said Streeck, director of the Institute for Virology at the University of Bonn. It is now important to pay more attention to the fact that almost all over 60-year-olds are vaccinated. “I think that we can take the horror off the virus faster.”

The health authorities in Germany reported 7774 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. This is evident from the numbers that reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 4:07 a.m. A week ago the value was 7337 infections. According to the new information, 28 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 38 deaths. The RKI has counted 4,196,378 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not detected.

There has also been a slight decrease in Covid 19 patients in intensive care units since around the middle of the month. On Sunday, 1433 such patients were recorded in the Divi intensive care registry, 822 had to be ventilated. A few days ago, the number of Covid 19 intensive care patients was well over 1,500. According to data analyzes, the majority of these affected people who have not been vaccinated.

The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was last given by the RKI on Friday at 1.58, a decrease of 0.3 compared to the previous week’s value. A nationwide threshold value from when the situation can be viewed critically is not provided for the incidence of hospitalization, among other things because of large regional differences. The previous high was around 15.5 around Christmas time.

The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered at 3,958,000. The number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 93,393. dpa

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