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Number of Covid 19 intensive care patients again below 1000

Created: 08/20/2022 Updated: 08/20/2022, 4:12 p.m

An intensive care nurse takes care of a patient seriously ill with corona in the intensive care unit of the clinic in Fulda. © Boris Roessler/dpa

The situation in the intensive care units in Germany is easing somewhat – at least as far as the stress caused by the patients treated there with Covid disease is concerned.

Berlin – For the first time since the beginning of July, the number of seriously ill people being treated with Covid-19 in intensive care units in Germany has fallen below 1,000. This emerges from the daily report of the intensive care register of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI). According to this, there were 988 Covid 19 patients in intensive care units nationwide on Saturday – 54 fewer than the day before. 363 of them, 37 percent, were ventilated invasively – i.e. through a tube into the trachea. Most recently, the number of Covid intensive care patients was below 1000 on July 2nd.

The nationwide seven-day incidence also fell on Saturday. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the value of new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week on Saturday morning as 302.9. On Friday it was 312.5 (previous week: 342.2; previous month: 740.1).

However, this information only provides a very incomplete picture of the number of infections. Experts have been assuming for some time that there will be a large number of cases not recorded by the RKI – mainly because by far not all infected people have a PCR test done. Only positive PCR tests count in the statistics. In addition, late registrations or transmission problems can lead to a distortion of individual daily values.

121 deaths in one day

The health authorities in Germany recently reported 36,295 new corona infections (previous week: 45,859) and 121 deaths (previous week: 137) to the RKI within one day. Here, too, comparisons of the data are only possible to a limited extent due to the test behavior, late registrations or transmission problems. In general, the number of registered new infections and deaths varies significantly from weekday to weekday, since many federal states do not transmit them to the RKI, especially at weekends, and report their cases later in the week.

The RKI has recorded 31,808,179 proven infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections go undetected. dpa

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