Corona pandemic: For the first time, more than 50,000 new infections

Status: 11/11/2021 7:07 a.m.

The RKI has recorded new highs: 50,196 new infections were registered within one day, the incidence rises to 249.1. Doctors warn that overloading the intensive care units can no longer be averted.

The number of new corona infections has risen sharply and exceeded 50,000 for the first time during the pandemic. The health authorities in Germany reported the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) the maximum value of 50,196 new corona infections within one day. This is evident from the numbers that reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 3:40 a.m.

The previous day there were 39,676 infections and exactly one week ago the value was 33,949 infections. The value on Wednesday was already a high.

Also seven-day incidence at its peak

The nationwide seven-day incidence is also increasing. The RKI gave the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week on Thursday morning at 249.1. It has thus risen to a high for the fourth day in a row. On Wednesday the value was 232.1.

For comparison: a week ago the incidence was 154.5 (previous month: 66.5). According to the new information, 235 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 165 deaths. The RKI has counted 4,894,250 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.

The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days – the most important parameter for a possible tightening of the corona restrictions – was given by the RKI on Wednesday as 4.61 (Tuesday: 4.31). With the indicator it must be taken into account that hospital admissions are sometimes reported with delay. 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 4,432,600. The number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 97,198.

Gass: Overloading the intensive care units cannot be averted

Because of the rapidly increasing number of infections, from the point of view of the German Hospital Association, overloading the intensive care units can no longer be averted. “The value of 4,000 occupied Covid intensive care beds can practically no longer be avoided,” said CEO Gerald Gaß of the editorial network in Germany.

The consequence is that clinics “now have to postpone operations that can be planned immediately”. In more and more federal states, the intensive care units were reaching their limits. For “all” hospitals, this means “that they have to limit their services regardless of the number of Covid patients in their own house in order to be able to step in for overburdened clinics”. Germany is “in a very critical phase of the pandemic”. For the hospital staff, the coming weeks and “probably months” would be another tremendous effort.

Doctors expect further vaccination breakthroughs

The intensive care doctor Uwe Janssens told the RND that he assumed that the number of Covid patients with vaccination breakthroughs in intensive care units would continue to increase. “Currently, almost 44 percent of patients over 60 with Covid-19 in intensive care units have a breakthrough vaccination. That has increased significantly and by leaps and bounds,” Janssens told the RND. Since older people are currently in intensive care units despite double vaccinations, the third vaccination must be given Janssens demanded that “much more pragmatically” be promoted, adding that “greater flexibility in boosting” is needed.

Many doctors sent their older patients away because they were not yet 70 years of age or older, as the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko) had stipulated, said Janssens, who is also Secretary General of the German Society for Internal Intensive Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine (DGIIN). He thinks this is a big mistake.

Obligatory tests also for vaccinated and convalescent people?

The Marburger Bund Doctors’ Association believes that a test is also required for vaccinated and recovered people if the corona situation does not improve due to the 2G rules for vaccinated and recovered people. “2G must now become standard. If this does not slow down the infection process and the vaccination rate does not increase, 2G-Plus is the next logical step,” said the chairwoman of the association, Susanne Johna, of the editorial network Germany RND. “2G-Plus undoubtedly offers even greater security,” said Johna. With 2G-Plus it is meant that vaccinated and convalescent people also have to be tested.

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