D.he seven-day incidence of new corona infections has risen again. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Saturday morning, it was 80.7 – the previous day the value was 80.2, a week ago it was 72.1. The health authorities in Germany reported 10,835 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. This is evident from the numbers that the Status of the RKI dashboard from 4:05 a.m. A week ago the value was 10,303 infections.
According to the new information, 24 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 22 deaths. The RKI has counted 3,995,188 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.
Hospitalization incidence is increasing
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 are to be taken more into account.
The RKI now gives the number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days at 1.83 (previous day 1.74). 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. According to this, an average of about ten days elapse between an infection and hospitalization, so this value reflects the infection situation with a noticeable delay.
The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered at 3,763,600. The number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 92,325.
In the debate about the obligation to provide vaccinations in companies, Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet considers the coalition compromise to be insufficient. “For reasons of operational safety, employers should be allowed to inquire about vaccinations in the workforce – provided, of course, that this information remains confidential,” said the CDU chairman to the newspapers of the Funke media group. “Unfortunately, it was not possible for all companies to do so in conjunction with the SPD.”
After hours of consultation, the Union and the SPD agreed on a line late on Thursday evening: According to this, employers should be able to request information from employees in daycare centers, schools and nursing homes in the future about a corona vaccination or a recovered Covid disease. “In view of the current pandemic situation, this is absolutely necessary from the point of view of infection protection,” said Laschet.
The corresponding change in the law is to be decided in the Bundestag on Tuesday. Trade unions reject the planned right to information as too far. Employers are calling for it to be extended to the entire economy. Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) continues to insist on a more comprehensive solution.