The corona numbers in Germany are still high. The situation in the intensive care units also remains tense – yet a doctor accuses DIVI of alarmism. The news ticker.
- The corona situation * in Germany is still tense.
- According to the DIVI intensive care register, around 5000 Covid-19 patients * currently have to be treated in intensive care units (see first report).
- Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has now released Astrazeneca for all age groups (see update from April 21st, 4:04 p.m.).
- This news ticker is updated regularly.
Update from April 21, 5.45 p.m.: The public prosecutor’s office has brought charges against a senior physician at the Essen University Hospital for manslaughter in three cases. In November, the 45-year-old is said to have administered life-ending drugs to three patients from Essen, Gelsenkirchen and the Netherlands, which subsequently led to their death. The alleged victims are said to have been seriously ill Covid 19 patients. That emerges from a report by the public prosecutor’s office.
When he was arrested, the senior doctor testified on one of the cases that he wanted to end further suffering of the patient and his relatives. A statement from the university clinic shows that the patients are said to have been in the “dying process”. After initial suspicion, the 45-year-old was released from duty in November and arrested on November 18. Most recently, he should not have commented on the allegations.
Corona in Germany: Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania releases Astrazeneca for everyone
Update from April 21, 4:04 p.m.: According to information from dpa information, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania partially abandons the vaccination sequence and is now offering the Astrazeneca corona vaccine to everyone. “The vaccine from the British-Swedish manufacturer is now released for all age groups regardless of priority,” said the local health minister Harry Glawe (CDU), according to the report on Wednesday. For people under 60 years of age, however, detailed advice from the vaccinator is necessary before the injection.
This means that Astrazeneca can be administered in the vaccination centers, by mobile teams or in the doctor’s offices, regardless of age or the sequence of vaccinations.
The release is “an offer that those who have no or few reservations about the vaccine can use the opportunity to get vaccinated against the corona virus” ..
Corona in Germany: intensive care physicians warn of bottlenecks – chief physician still accuses DIVI of “alarmism”
Our first report from April 21st: Berlin – Germany is in the third wave of the corona pandemic, the number of infections is still high. Within one day, the health authorities in Germany reported 24,884 new corona infections and 331 new deaths to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) *. That comes from the numbers of the RKI from Wednesday morning. The nationwide seven-day incidence is therefore 160.1.
Corona in Germany: Emergency brake should be decided in the Bundestag
With the current Corona numbers, however, it should be noted that late registrations from North Rhine-Westphalia from the previous day could be included. A large number of reports from the NRW health authorities had not previously been transmitted in full on Monday evening and Tuesday due to technical difficulties.
On Wednesday (April 21) the Bundestag will decide on the nationwide Corona emergency brake. In all probability, new corona rules * will be resolved in it. In Berlin, several thousand demonstrators gathered in front of the government district before the vote.
Corona in Germany: intensive care physicians warn of bottlenecks in the care of other patients
In view of the high number of Covid 19 patients * in German intensive care units, doctors and clinics are warning of aggravated bottlenecks in the care of other patients. “If the infection situation does not ease in the next few weeks, many clinics will get to the point that they have to postpone operations not just by a few weeks, but by months,” explained the managing director of the German Hospital Association (DKG), Gerald Gaß, the newspapers of Funke media group.
According to Gaß, 90 percent of the clinics are currently postponing more than ten percent of the interventions, 50 percent even more than 20 percent. In the case of individual interventions, for example hip replacement, an average of 40 percent would be canceled, according to the DKG managing director. “The longer the third wave of pandemics lasts, the more severe the bottlenecks in predictable interventions,” he clarified.
Corona in Germany: Almost 5000 Covid-19 intensive care patients – chief doctor accuses DIVI of “alarmism”
Leading intensive care physicians also expressed concern. Already now only ten percent of the intensive care beds are free in many clinics, often just a single bed. “If we come well over 6,000 Covid intensive care patients, only crisis medicine is possible in the entire hospital,” said Gernot Marx, President of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) Spark newspapers. According to the DIVI Intensive Care Register of April 20, there are currently 4966 Covid-19 patients in intensive care across Germany.
Other doctors, however, warned against alarmism. “We are and have never been at the limit of our capacities,” said Thomas Hermann Voshaar, chief physician at the Bethanien Moers Lung Clinic picture. His accusation: “The alarmism of the intensive care physicians of the Divi is irresponsible and disproportionate.” He was not supported by the actual figures. “Not even a quarter of the 22,000 intensive care beds in Germany are occupied by Covid 19 patients,” Voshaar said.
Corona in Germany: DIVI President Marx reacts with understanding – and refers to regional differences
DIVI President Marx responded to these allegations in ntv-Interview with understanding. There are regional differences in the utilization of the intensive care units. “I can understand my colleagues very well if they are lucky enough to be relatively quiet in their own house. I’m very pleased, ”declared Marx.
However, last weekend patients from Thuringia “had to be moved hundreds of kilometers to other hospitals in Northern Germany because there was no longer any intensive care bed there,” said the intensive care doctor. Corona patients also have to be relocated to other cities from metropolitan areas, such as Cologne, Marx clarified. (ph / dpa) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA
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