The President of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, Uwe Janssens, also pleaded in the “ Rheinische Post” not to promise any easing up to an incidence value of below 25. “ We won’t see in the hospitals until the end of next week how much Christmas has contributed to the spread of Covid-19. The effects of New Year’s Eve will be much later.”
The Robert Koch Institute put the seven-day incidence on Saturday at 141.2. The value indicates how many people per 100,000 population tested positive within seven days. The total number of known cases of infection rose within 24 hours by 12,690 to just under 1.76 million, the number of deaths rose by 336 to 33,960. However, the data is hardly comparable with the previous week, as fewer people were tested and fewer cases were reported over the holidays.
The President of the German Medical Association, Klaus Reinhardt, told “ Bild” that the most important thing was “to make it clear to people that we are now two, three or four months ago, which will require everyone’s efforts.” The medical and nursing staff is definitely on the verge of performance. “The purely numerical capacities are used to over 90 percent.” The chairwoman of the Marburger Bund doctors’ union, Susanne Johna, told the newspapers of the Funke media group that the clinics had no breathing space. “The health system urgently needs relief that can only be achieved by extending the measures to restrict contact. Otherwise we will not get the situation under control.” ( Reuters)
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