The corona numbers are skyrocketing. Nevertheless, there are calls for easing. What’s next? Karl Lauterbach and Lothar Wieler answer questions. The live ticker for PK.
- Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach* (SPD*) and RKI President Lothar Wieler will give a press conference on the Corona situation* in Berlin at 10 a.m.
- The nationwide seven-day incidence has reached a new record.
- Follow the press conference today from 10 a.m. here in the live ticker.
Berlin – The Corona crisis continues to make things difficult for Germany. After all, the nationwide seven-day incidence has now reached the new record value of 1073.0.* The omicron variant* has long dominated, as the new weekly report from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shows. In the reporting data from the federal states, their share was 96 percent last week. At 10 a.m., Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach and RKI President Lothar Wieler want to inform about the current situation at a press conference in Berlin.
In view of the skyrocketing number of new omicron infections, the RKI does not see the measurement of every infection, but increasingly the burden of the disease. For the current assessment of the situation, “the focus is not on recording all infections caused by Sars-CoV-2, but on the development of the number and severity of the diseases,” says the RKI weekly report from Thursday evening (01/27/2022). Even if every individual case is no longer recorded in the reporting system, additional estimated values made possible “a reliable assessment of the overall development of the epidemiological situation” in Germany, it said.
Corona crisis: Lauterbach and Wieler provide information about the situation
Specifically, estimates of infected people with Covid 19 symptoms of various degrees of severity are now reported in the weekly report. Specifically, there are also estimated values for cases below the hospital admissions threshold, such as the frequency of doctor visits: In the week to January 23, this was 280 per 100,000 people, in the previous week it was 178 according to the RKI.
For the third week of the year, it was also estimated “that around 1.3 to 2.3 percent of children and adolescents up to the age of 14 and 0.6 to 1.3 percent of the population aged 15 and over have Covid-19 with symptoms of a acute respiratory illness”. This information comes from various sources, such as information from the population.
Corona crisis: Lauterbach and Wieler give press conference
The background to the temporarily incomplete registration of infected people is, among other things, test and registration capacities that are increasingly reaching and exceeding their limits.
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