Corona infections in Germany are spreading faster. For the first time in the pandemic, more than 300,000 new cases were reported in one day, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced Thursday.
The seven-day incidence rose to a peak of 1752.0. Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach (SPD) spoke of a “heavy wave”. He called on federal states to use the controversial new national legal framework for greater crown containment in critical regions. “There is no Freedom Day, there is no reason to slow down here.”
According to the RKI, health authorities reported 318,387 new cases of infection nationwide in one day, up from 294,931 a week ago. The seven-day incidence was above the 1000 mark in all 16 federal states and above 2000 in six states. The highest number of new infections per 100,000 population in seven days was in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, now 2,422.5. In 24 hours, another 300 deaths were recorded nationwide. The RKI reported the number of corona-infected patients per 100,000 population over seven days on Thursday as 7.28 (Wednesday: 7.23).
Lauterbach told the Bundestag that the current situation of the crown cannot be accepted. It is important to remain united in order to overcome “this heavy wave of pandemic”. There are many regions where hospitals are overloaded, scheduled surgeries need to be canceled, and patients need to be relocated. “The Infection Protection Act can and should be used there,” he appealed to federal states. One or the other would have liked the federal government to set rules for all of Germany. However, this is not possible because the healthcare system is not overloaded throughout Germany.
The background is a new national legal basis that has been in effect since Sunday. After a transitional period until April 2, the federal Länder can then impose further restrictions on regional “hotspots”, for example with more mask requirements and access rules, if the state parliament determines a critical situation for them. In general, however, countries are only able to establish some general protection requirements in everyday life, such as masks and testing in vulnerable group facilities such as nursing homes and clinics. All countries had protested against this individual legal effort by the traffic light coalition.
Criticism of patient advocates
The German Patient Protection Foundation complained that only the federal government was responsible for the lack of important tools in the federal states. Hotspot regulations are practically not enforceable, board member Eugen Brysch said. There were no tools to measure the overload of the health care system. “Facts about the bed capacity of homes, the employment situation and restrictions due to sick leave are not centrally recorded every day.”
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania extends essential protection measures under the new regulation. The state parliament approved a request from the Red and Red government to classify all six districts and cities of Rostock and Schwerin as hotspots. This means that the interior mask requirement applies until April 27th.
Due to the high number of infections, Lauterbach urgently recommended rapid vaccinations. The risk for unvaccinated people of becoming infected and seriously ill has never been higher. He has again campaigned for deals in the Bundestag to secure a majority for the general crown vaccination as a fall precaution. This puts you in the hands of ending the pandemic for Germany this year. “We shouldn’t let this opportunity pass us by.” The pace of vaccinations continues to decline. According to the RKI, 60,000 doses were injected nationwide on Wednesday, up from 82,000 a week ago. (Dpa)