New corona infections in Germany are on the rise – health

In Germany, the number of new corona infections is increasing again. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 105,840 new cases within 24 hours on Tuesday. The seven-day incidence in the whole country increased from 332 days earlier to 447. In Germany, the incidence is recorded only for infections confirmed by the PCR test. Many infections that are asymptomatic or that are only confirmed by a positive rapid test if the symptoms are clear are therefore not counted.

Another 107 people died in 24 hours from the virus. This brought the number of reported deaths in Germany to 139,914. The number of patients with the corona virus in intensive care units in hospitals also increased again: after 611 on Sunday, there were 640 on Monday.

However, the number of new infections in particular remains subject to large fluctuations due to reporting delays. New infections detected over the weekend are often not reported until the beginning of the following week. However, the seven-day incidence trend, which can be used to record the development of the number of cases over a longer period, remains significant. According to the calculations of Süddeutsche Zeitung The incidence has more than doubled in the past week.

After a significant drop in the number of corona cases at the beginning of the summer, there are now signs of a third wave with variants of the omicron virus. According to RKI, the new variants that are spreading rapidly are BA.4 and BA.5. “This suggests that these omicron sublines should represent the bulk of the evidence in a few weeks,” RKI’s weekly report said. The RKI writes that an increase in the number of infected people and a renewed increase in the pressure of infection on particularly vulnerable groups of people can be expected in the summer, and not only in the fall.

Discussion on the Law on Protection against Infections

The European Agency for Disease Prevention (ECDC) has warned that BA.4 and BA.5 pose no greater risk of serious disease than other forms of omicrons. However, there is a risk that the mere increase in cases due to higher transmission rates will lead to more clinic numbers and deaths.

A slow decline in vaccination coverage in the population could also contribute to the repeated increase. In total, slightly more than 2,000 people were vaccinated on Monday. 77.6 percent of the population was vaccinated at least once.

The Semafor coalition is currently discussing when and how the Law on Protection against Infections wants to be adapted to the new situation. Current regulations for basic protection measures, such as the limited obligation to wear a mask, are valid until September 23. While the FDP does not want new regulations until after the summer break, the SPD and the Greens are asking for a discussion as soon as possible.

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