The number of new infections reported has fallen slightly again – and Federal President Steinmeier also encourages the population in his Advent message: The corona pandemic will not permanently determine everyday life.
In his Advent message, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier gave hope that the Corona crisis could be overcome. “The pandemic will not take the future from us,” he wrote in a letter to citizens published by “Bild am Sonntag”. It is true that in the Advent season it is still necessary to do without many traditions such as Christmas celebrations, singing together or visits to the Christmas market. “But we can still be full of confidence!” Steinmeier continued. The advances in medical research gave rise to hope that the pandemic would not permanently dominate people’s everyday lives.
“Democracy is not powerless to face the crisis”
Steinmeier described the mutual help in the Corona crisis as “encouraging”: “Consideration and solidarity of the overwhelming majority of Germans show that our society sticks together, even when times are rough.” The diverse support for those who have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic shows that “our democracy is not powerless to face the crisis, but is building bridges to the post-Corona period,” wrote the president. “Our country is a strong country,” said Steinmeier.
The Federal President called on citizens to maintain the solidarity shown in the pandemic: “Let’s stay together and take care of one another: now in the times of Corona and in the time after.” Because the Advent season that begins today is becoming quieter than usual, the people in the country should pay attention to one another. “Even if we keep our distance from one another, we can be close,” wrote Steinmeier. “Above all, let’s not forget those who are particularly stressed right now: because they are sick themselves or are worried about their loved ones; because they look after people in need of care, work in laboratories or dispose of our waste; because they keep schools open or because they are alone are at home. “
New RKI figures show a slight decrease
Meanwhile, the health authorities reported comparatively few new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). According to the RKI, 14,611 new cases were transmitted within one day. The previous high was reached on Friday a week ago with 23,648 reported cases. Last Sunday the number was 15,741.
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 158 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 Sars-CoV-2 infection rose to a total of 16,123.
R-value below 1
According to the current status, the Robert Koch Institute has counted a total of 1.042700 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic. According to estimates, around 722,300 people have now recovered. According to the RKI management report from Saturday evening, the so-called seven-day R-value was 0.96 (previous day: 0.93). This means that 100 infected people theoretically infect 96 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.