On Sundays and Mondays, the number of newly reported cases is usually lower than on other days of the week because there is less testing on weekends and not all health authorities provide data. According to the social authorities, a total of 24,860 people in Hamburg have tested positive for the corona virus since the pandemic began. According to estimates by the Robert Koch Institute, around 16,400 of these can now be regarded as recovered. The number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week fell to 101.1. On Monday a week ago it was 133.4.
Stricter corona rules from Tuesday
Also in view of the positive development, the people of Hamburg have to be prepared for further restrictions from Tuesday on. According to the containment ordinance tightened by the Senate at the end of last week, only a maximum of five people from two households are allowed to meet privately until December 20, previously there were ten people. Children up to 14 years of age are excluded from the rule. In addition, there is a stricter mask requirement, which has been extended to all publicly accessible buildings. Mouth and nose protection must now also be worn in queues and parking lots in front of shops as well as in crowds. Small shops up to a size of 800 square meters are still allowed to let in one customer per ten square meters. Larger shops are only allowed to allow one customer per 20 square meters for the space exceeding 800 square meters. The Senate hopes that the stricter rules will further curb the incidence of infections and prevent an overload of the health system.
More than 300 corona patients
According to the social welfare authority, 312 corona patients are being treated in Hamburg’s hospitals as of Friday. There are 79 infected people in intensive care units. 65 of them come from the Hanseatic city. According to the Institute for Forensic Medicine at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, 281 people in the Hanseatic city have died of Covid 19 disease so far. The results of the autopsies are not reported on a daily basis, but after receipt of the data.
Telephone hotline for questions about the coronavirus
General questions about the coronavirus are answered on the telephone hotline 040/428 284 000. If flu-like symptoms occur in connection with contact with sick people, the family doctor or the doctor on 116117 should be contacted by phone.