EAs expected, the health authorities have reported comparatively few new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). 11,169 new cases were transmitted within one day, as the RKI announced on Monday morning. The previous high was reached on Friday a week ago (November 20th) with 23,648 reported cases. Last Monday the number was 10,864. The numbers are comparatively low on Sundays and Mondays because, according to the RKI, fewer samples are taken on the weekend and therefore fewer tests are carried out overall.
The German health authorities also reported 125 new deaths within 24 hours. The trend in the number of daily deaths had recently gone up, which was also expected after the steep increase in new infections. The total number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to a total of 16,248. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the RKI has counted a total of 1,053,869 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 in Germany (as of November 30, 00:00). It is estimated that around 739,100 people have now recovered. According to the RKI management report on Sunday, the so-called seven-day R-value was 0.95 (previous day: 0.96). This means that 100 infected people infect 95 more people. The value represents the occurrence of the infection 8 to 16 days ago. If the value is below 1 for a longer period of time, the infection rate subsides.
“We cannot close everything in the long run”
North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) is meanwhile calling for new concepts in the corona pandemic from January. “Society and the economy cannot hold out for another year like this,” Laschet told the “Rheinische Post” (Monday). From the turn of the year, “smart concepts should enable long-term prospects for living with the pandemic,” he said. “With the approval of the vaccine, these concepts are also realistic.” Laschet continued: “We cannot close everything in the long run, and the state pays billions in losses every month. A new model will be necessary from the new year. Permanent closings and subsequent compensation payments destroy the state in the long run. “
Meanwhile, Chancellery Minister Helge Braun is optimistic about the coming year in the Corona crisis. “The pandemic will lose its horror in the next year,” said the CDU politician to the “Handelsblatt”. “As a society, we have to keep going through December and the months up to March by observing the AHA rules and reducing our contacts. Where that is not enough, cuts are inevitable. Then spring will come and hopefully the vaccine as well. ”It was possible to stop the exponential growth in the number of infections at a level that challenges the health system, but does not yet overwhelm it. But 400 deaths a day are too many. “That’s why I would have liked to have made more far-reaching decisions in October.”
At the weekend at the beginning of Advent, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier also encouraged the population. The advances in medical research give hope that the virus will not permanently dominate everyday life, wrote the head of state in a guest post for “Bild am Sonntag”. The President of the German Medical Association, Klaus Reinhardt, spoke out in favor of using more corona rapid tests than before. Priority should be given to health care facilities such as retirement homes or hospitals. “Later it is conceivable to carry out rapid tests before larger events, when these are allowed again,” he told “Mannheimer Morgen”. Reinhardt does not see the risk of an explosive increase in the number of corona infections over the Christmas holidays. “I think it is unlikely that Christmas will become a nationwide superspreading event.” If people adhere to the infection protection regulations, the temporary relaxation is justifiable and even necessary for psychosocial reasons.
The virologist Alexander Kekulé suggested a private corona reporting system for events from 20 people. “All organizers, including private ones, should be obliged to register the participants,” he told the newspapers of the Funke media group (Monday). If a participant is positive, the organizer can warn everyone else. “This would allow a parallel reporting system to be implemented that is much, much faster on a private level and that would be more willing to participate,” said Kekulé. With a view to Christmas, Kekulé said there was “the serious special risk that many people over 70 years of age will become infected. And if they become infected, they have a risk of death of almost ten percent. But I think we can control this risk ”.
The measures decided by the federal and state governments last week included the possibility that the number of infections would have dropped significantly by Christmas. “Politicians are betting on falling numbers. If things turn out very differently, the Prime Ministers and the Chancellor will have a communication problem. ”According to Kekulé, he expects a vaccination of the healthy general population in the period from April to June. “The disease could then go away in summer and hopefully not come back in autumn. That is my optimistic scenario. “