In view of the increase in the number of corona infections in Germany, World Medical President Frank Ulrich Montgomery has warned against further easing of the restrictions.
It is too early for such steps. Anyone who talks about easing in times of rising reproductive values of the corona virus is acting “absolutely irresponsibly,” said Montgomery to the newspapers of the Funke media group (Monday editions). With every relaxation there will be a “significant increase in the numbers”.
Both the seven-day incidence and the reproductive value had recently risen again in Germany. The seven-day incidence is the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants over this period. The R value describes how many other people an infected person infects on average. If the R-value increases to a value greater than 1.0, which was the case recently, the number of new infections every day increases.
Montgomery: “Don’t be slavish about the vaccination sequence”
The health authorities in Germany last reported 4369 new corona infections to the RKI within one day, according to figures from Monday. On Monday, the number of cases reported by the RKI is usually lower, among other things because fewer tests are carried out on the weekend.
The seven-day incidence was according to the information on Monday morning nationwide at 61.0 – and thus higher than the previous day (60.2).
The virus has reached a new level with its mutations. Not only is it more contagious, it is also likely to lead to more severe disease processes.
In response to the development, the President of the World Medical Association called for vaccinations to be accelerated. Vaccine doses that would not be called up in the first priority group should now be used immediately in the second group. “We mustn’t stick to the vaccination sequence slavishly here,” warned the doctor. − afp