Corona: Intensive care unit under pressure: a federal state already wants to declare the pandemic over

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On Thursday morning, the RKI again reported record corona values ​​for new infections and the seven-day incidence. A federal state is still calling for an end to the pandemic. The news.

  • Baden-Württemberg calls for an official end to the pandemic (see update March 24, 6:40 pm).
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania “Corona Hotspot” from 2 April (see update March 24, 14:44).
  • The hospitalization rate is currently 7.28 (see update from March 24 at 13:03).
  • The RKI gives the incidence of Corona * on Thursday at 1,752. (see first report)
  • This news ticker about Corona * in Germany is updated regularly.

Update from March 24 at 18:40: Baden-Württemberg wants to officially declare the pandemic over after more than two years. In a letter to Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD), Stuttgart Minister of Social Affairs Manne Lucha (Verdi) asked the federal government to announce the transition from the pandemic to the endemic phase at the end of April. Then the season of respiratory diseases will be over.

Such a decision would have far-reaching consequences: the corona virus would be classified as the flu virus. There would be practically no more tests and no mandatory quarantine for those who tested positive and for those who are sick. As a reason for the early declaration of the endemic phase, Lucha said that health authorities no longer had any influence on the outbreak due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant. What fits: The country will massively reduce its vaccination supply late next week due to lack of demand (see update from 24 March at 12:32).

Update from March 24 at 5:23 pm: No masks and no fourth vaccination for everyone? Once again Prof. Dr. Hendrik Streeck for a more pragmatic approach to the corona pandemic.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania now Corona hotspot

Update from March 24 at 2:40 pm: Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania wants to comply with crown protection regulations beyond 2 April. On Thursday, the state parliament in Schwerin passed a motion by the Red and Red state government, according to which all six districts and the two independent cities of Rostock and Schwerin are classified as so-called hotspots.

This means that the mask requirement in inland areas and the test requirement for unvaccinated people when visiting restaurants will remain in effect until April 27. However, it is necessary to verify whether, in the interest of the tourism sector, the 3G rule for hotels and restaurants can be revoked before the start of the Easter tourist season (April 17).

The RKI gives the hospitalization rate as 7.28 – this is the situation in intensive care units

Update from March 24 at 13:03: The pressure on intensive care units is still high. Currently 2,288 Covid-19 patients are to be treated in intensive care. Of these, 884 are to be artificially ventilated. This emerges from the data from the DIVI intensive care register on Thursday (from 11:06). The day before, there were a total of 2,335 cases of Covid 19.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) estimates the incidence of hospitalization at 7.28 (Tuesday: 7.08). In the 60-year-old age group the value is 16.37. Not all patients with a positive corona test have been hospitalized for Covid symptoms.

Corona: Many patients in the hospital have tested positive for the Corona test. © Marijan Murat / dpa

NDR: The hospitalization rate usually greatly underestimates the development of the pandemic

However, the hospitalization rate does not reflect the real situation in hospitals, experts criticize. Many hospital admissions are reported late. “The values ​​greatly underestimate the gravity of the situation”, reports the NDR. The situation in northern Germany is much worse than official figures show. Hamburg, for example, would be particularly hard hit. Here the reports would clearly be overdue. The RKI gives the most recent hospitalization rate as 3.4. According to the scientific calculations of the NDR, the value would be between 6.6 and 10.3.

“Deltakron” – experts speak out against this designation

Update March 24 at 12:40: “Deltakron” case reports are piling up. The World Health Organization (WHO) is looking at a so-called recombinant consisting of a subtype each of delta (AY.4) and omicron (BA.1). The technical abbreviation is XD. According to the RKI, there has so far been a confirmed case in Germany. Corona experts consider the term “Deltakron” to be of little use. Frankfurt virologist Sandra Ciesek is also annoyed *.

Baden-Württemberg will significantly reduce vaccination offers from 1 April

Update March 24 at 12:32 pm: On 1 April, Baden-Württemberg is drastically reducing its vaccination supply due to lack of demand. There should initially only be one mobile vaccination team and one base per city and district. After Verdi and the CDU, on Thursday the government also approved the proposal of the Ministry of Social Affairs. So far there have been around 350 mobile teams and 135 state-funded vaccination centers. The coalition is convinced that the remaining structure will allow it to react flexibly in the event of a dramatic escalation of the pandemic.

The country also wants to offer vaccinations to refugees from Ukraine. If necessary, another ten mobile units must be used for this purpose. The new vaccination concept, which above all reduces high costs, will be reviewed by the end of May. So it should be clarified whether one vaccination unit is sufficient for two urban or rural districts. Furthermore, it could then be decided whether to reduce the ten vaccination teams for Ukrainian refugees to five.

Germany: Coronavirus vaccination rate continues to decline

Update from March 24 at 12:15 pm: The pace of coronavirus vaccinations continues to decline in Germany. Only 60,000 doses of the vaccine were administered across the country on Wednesday, according to RKI data. There are usually some extra late registrations. Wednesday a week ago there were about 82,000 vaccinations, two weeks earlier there were more than 100,000.

At least 63.1 million people (75.9 percent of the total population) have now received basic protection, which usually requires two injections. At least 48.6 million people (58.4%) also received a booster vaccination. 19.5 million people (23.5%) have not yet been vaccinated. So far, however, no vaccines have been approved for 4.0 million (4.8%) of them because they are four years old or younger.

Crown in Germany: Verdi ruled against the lifting of the mask requirement

Update from March 24 at 9:30 am: The union of the green services has spoken out against the lifting of the obligation of the mask in the retail trade. “We are critical of the lifting of the obligation of the mask in the current situation given the high number of infections, especially for everything that happens in public spaces, that is also for commerce”, said Stefanie Nutzberger, member of the Federal Council Verdi responsible for trade Funke multimedia group.

He also believes that companies have a duty: “It’s not just about sales, it’s about how best to protect employees and customers.” Many employees would be very worried. “They literally kept the shop running for two years during the pandemic and have a right to be protected and to overcome the pandemic in a healthy and healthy way,” Nutzberger warned.

Corona in Germany: RKI reports over 300,000 new infections for the first time

First report of March 24: Berlin – The Omikron wave in Germany continues to roll and ensures new highs. For the first time in the pandemic, more than 300,000 new coronavirus infections * were transmitted to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in one day. According to the RKI, health authorities reported 318,387 cases in 24 hours on Thursday morning. A week ago, 294,931 new infections were registered.

The nationwide seven-day incidence * was given by RKI at 1752.0 – this is also a maximum. For comparison: the day before the value was 1734.2. A week ago, the incidence was 1651.4 (previous month: 1265.0). Experts assume a large number of cases that are not recorded in the RKI data. One reason is the limited capacity of health authorities, for example, and often contacts are only traced to a limited extent.

According to the RKI *, 300 deaths were recorded in one day across Germany. The number of coronally infected patients who presented to clinics per 100,000 population within seven days – the so-called incidence of hospitalization – was reported by RKI on Wednesday at 7.23 (Tuesday: 7.08). However, these also include people with a positive corona test who have another major disease.

High crown numbers: absence of teachers – schools at the limit

In view of Corona’s high numbers *, education unions warn schools are reaching their breaking point. “The crown-related teacher absence is currently hitting schools hard,” said Anja Bensinger-Stolze, board member of the Education and Science Union (GEW). Germany Publishing Network (RND).

A teacher teaches the students German.
Schools have to do without more and more teachers due to high crown numbers. (Iconic image) © Bernd Weißbrod / dpa

“The number of sick leave will continue to increase in the coming weeks as the crown protection measures have largely been abandoned or have already been cashed in,” he warned. This is a bad political decision. Bensinger-Stolze stressed: “We appeal to all political leaders to adhere to the mask requirement, as well as to the concepts of hygiene and testing so that the situation does not get out of hand. The teachers are already working to the limit.”

Education and Training Association (VBE) president Udo Beckmann said RND: “The dynamic of the omicron variant causes the infection process in schools to become increasingly dramatic and teachers are increasingly absent due to their own infections and quarantine.” This reinforces the vicious circle that remaining non-sick teachers are increasingly burdened. “We hear in schools every day how much it is to take revenge now more than ever that politicians have for years refused schools the staff they would need and need to do their homework,” complained Beckmann. (ph with dpa) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA

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