Live blog: ++ Incidence increases to 840.3 ++


Status: 01/24/2022 04:13 a.m

The RKI records 63,393 new corona cases. Minister for Family Affairs Spiegel offers schools and day-care centers with a particularly tense staffing situation temporary help. The developments in the live blog.

4:10 a.m

Incidence rises to 840.3

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports 63,393 new infections within 24 hours – after 85,440 the day before and 34,145 on Monday last week. The seven-day incidence is now 840.3, a new high. On Sunday the value was 806.8, on Monday last week it was 528.2.

As the RKI further announced, citing data from the health authorities, 28 new deaths in connection with the corona virus were counted. The total number of registered corona deaths in Germany is now 116,746.

According to the latest information from the institute, the health authorities have recorded a total of 8,744,840 cases of infection since the beginning of the pandemic. The RKI puts the number of people in Germany who have recovered from an illness caused by the coronavirus at around 7,273,100. In Germany, the highly contagious omicron variant of the corona virus now dominates.

3:01 a.m

Spiegel offers day care centers and schools help

In view of the skyrocketing number of corona infections, Family Minister Anne Spiegel is offering schools and day-care centers with a particularly tense staffing situation temporary help. Almost 8,000 pedagogical specialists from special federal programs could help look after the children in the facilities for six weeks, the Greens politician told the newspapers of the Funke media group.

For the next few weeks, it will be important to mobilize all available resources so that schools and daycare centers can maintain regular operations. “In this way we give the day care centers and schools more flexibility and help to bridge staff shortages.” This would help the facilities get through the difficult time ahead, said Spiegel. “The lockdowns over the past two years have painfully taught us how important it is for our children that daycare centers and schools remain open for as long as possible,” she said.

02:00 a.m

Many clinics expect staff shortages when vaccination is mandatory

On average, 89 percent of clinic employees who deal directly with patients have been vaccinated against corona at least twice. This was the result of a survey by the German Hospital Society (DKG), which is available to the editorial network Germany (RND). Differentiated according to occupational groups, the vaccination rates in the nursing service of the hospitals are the highest at an average of 95 percent. In intensive care, however, the rate is only 87 percent. The vaccination rate among doctors is exactly the average of 89 percent.

According to the survey, two-thirds of hospitals (66 percent) expect restrictions in patient care if unvaccinated staff are no longer allowed to work from March 16. 34 percent do not expect that. DKG boss Gerald Gaß told the RND that the numbers show a “gratifyingly high” vaccination rate in the clinics. “At the same time, however, it is also becoming clear that the facility-related obligation to vaccinate can still cause problems in patient care.”

1/22/2022 • 12:13 AM

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