D.he seven-day incidence of new infections has increased slightly again. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Thursday morning, it was 76.9. The previous day the value was 75.7. A week ago it was 66.0. The health authorities in Germany reported 13,715 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. This is evident from the numbers that reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 4:10 a.m. A week ago, the value was 12,626 infections.
According to the new information, 33 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 21 deaths. The RKI has counted 3,970,102 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 incidence of new infections has so far been the basis for many corona restrictions in the pandemic, for example as part of the federal emergency brake that expired at the end of June. In the future, other values such as the number of hospital admissions will also be given greater consideration.
The seven-day hospitalization incidence indicates how many admissions of Covid 19 patients in inpatient treatment per 100,000 inhabitants were reported in seven days. On Wednesday, the RKI stated the value, which has been rising slowly for weeks, in the management report at 1.81. 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 seven-day incidence is calculated according to RKI information on the basis of the reporting date to the local health department. Accordingly, an average of about ten days elapse between an infection and hospitalization, so the hospitalization incidence reflects the infection situation with a noticeable delay.
The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered on Wednesday morning at 3,750,700. The number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 92,256.
STIKO recommendation for booster vaccination required
Medical President Klaus Reinhardt, meanwhile, criticizes the actions of the federal and state health ministers to offer booster vaccinations for seniors and immunocompromised people without a corresponding recommendation from the Standing Vaccination Commission (Stiko). “In theory there is a lot to suggest that a booster vaccination can be useful for people with certain pre-existing illnesses, with a weakened immune system and for the very elderly,” says Reinhardt of the editorial network in Germany. Overall, however, there was still a lack of meaningful studies on whether, when and for whom a booster vaccination was indicated. Politicians have thus fueled expectations among patients that many doctors do not want to serve without a scientifically based vaccination recommendation. “I therefore consider it a mistake that the federal and state governments have widely announced booster vaccinations without waiting for a corresponding recommendation from Stiko.”
The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach called for a quick recommendation from the Standing Vaccination Commission for the booster vaccination against Covid-19. “I think it is essential that we get a clear recommendation for the third vaccination from Stiko now,” Lauterbach told the Rheinische Post newspaper. Lauterbach spoke out in favor of targeted third-party vaccinations. “If the vaccination is done unnecessarily on low-risk pre-vaccinated people and younger people, we not only waste vaccine that would be needed in other countries, but we can also not expect any additional effects from the vaccine.”