As of: 03/27/2021 7:06 am
The RKI has registered 20,472 new corona infections. The seven-day incidence rose to 124.9. Given the numbers, intensive care physicians are calling for a tough lockdown – and no further openings.
The infection situation in Germany is worsening: the seven-day incidence rose to 124.9, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). The value is now higher than it has been since January 19 (131.5). On Friday the RKI had given the incidence as 119.1, two weeks ago it was 76.1.
The seven-day incidence indicates the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and week and is an important indicator for the course of the pandemic. After the number of new infections fell significantly in lockdown by around mid-February, the number of infections recently rose sharply again – which experts also attribute to the widespread use of more contagious variants.
More than 20,400 new infections
The health authorities in Germany reported 20,472 new corona infections to the RKI within 24 hours. In addition, 157 new deaths were recorded. That is 1101 less than the day before, but more than 4000 more than a week ago. Exactly one week ago, the RKI had recorded 16,033 new infections and 207 new deaths within one day. The high of 1,244 newly reported deaths was reached on January 14th.
The RKI has counted 2,755,225 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not detected. The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered at 2,477,500. The total number of people who died with or with a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 75,780.
According to the RKI management report on Friday evening, the nationwide seven-day R-value was 1.14 (previous day 1.08). This means that 100 infected people theoretically infect 114 more people. The value represents the occurrence of the infection eight to 16 days ago. If it is below 1 for a longer period of time, the infection process subsides; if it is consistently higher, the number of cases increases.
Intensive care physicians are calling for a tough lockdown
The president of the intensive care medicine society DGIIN, Christian Karagiannidis, is calling for a hard lockdown and immediate stop of all planned opening steps in view of the rapidly increasing number of infections. “The resolutions for model projects after Easter are completely inappropriate and must be withdrawn immediately by the federal and state governments,” said Karagiannidis, who is also the scientific director of the Divi intensive register, of the “Rheinische Post”. “It takes a mixture of hard lockdown, many vaccinations and tests. This is the only way to prevent the intensive care units from overflowing,” he said. Such a lockdown must apply nationwide and last two weeks. “I ask politicians not to abandon hospital staff.”
Other doctors and virologists had also criticized the opening course in some countries. The SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach told the newspapers of the Funke media group: “It is very clear that we are growing exponentially and can reach daily numbers of 30,000, 40,000, 50,000 infected people within a short period of time.” Some other countries are therefore pulling the “emergency brake” and tightening measures again.