Updated March 29, 2021, 9:16 a.m.
- 8:04 am: Epidemiologist expects more severe corona cases among younger people
- 05:28 am: RKI registers 9,872 new corona infections and 43 new deaths
- 02:00 am: Göring-Eckardt: Stricter measures inevitable – “was foreseeable”
➤ Epidemiologist expects more severe corona cases among younger people
8:04 am: The President of the German Society for Epidemiology, Eva Grill, expects more severe disease courses in younger people with growing corona numbers.
“The problem is that with a further increase in the number of cases, the proportion of virus variant B.1.1.7 will continue to rise,” said Grill of the German press agency. The mutant, which was first discovered in Great Britain, is said to be both significantly more contagious and dangerous, “as it is associated with more severe disease processes”.
The number of new deaths is falling among the very old, explained the president of the Ulm-based society, who is also a professor of epidemiology at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. “This indicates that it is increasingly possible to protect the particularly vulnerable groups through vaccination.”
But even among 60 to 69-year-olds, the risk of death for those infected is still around four percent. This means that a sharply increasing number of cases will also lead to more sick and seriously ill people, according to Grill. “Only then in the younger age groups.”
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Expert compares corona situation with “powder keg”
6:52 am: Unlike at Christmas, the corona situation before Easter is more explosive from the perspective of a scientist. In particular, the virus variant B.1.1.7, which is now predominant in Germany, is spreading more rapidly in families. In addition, the numbers are currently increasing, said Saarbrücken pharmacy professor Thorsten Lehr of the German press agency. “It’s a powder keg we’re sitting on.”
In contrast to the end of 2020, many people from the particularly endangered old age group are now vaccinated. However, the proportion of people over the age of 70 is only just over a quarter, said Lehr. “It takes a few weeks for the effects to really take hold.” Therefore, the all-clear cannot be given here. “So we have a little bit of defusing with the vaccination, but a bit of aggravation by the mutants,” he said.
The professor of clinical pharmacy at Saarland University is responsible for a COVID-19 simulator, which is intended to make it possible to predict corona infections including hospital bed occupancy, intensive care treatment, ventilation and death rates in the individual federal states and to estimate non-pharmaceutical interventions.
RKI registers 9,872 new corona infections and 43 new deaths
05:28 am: The health authorities in Germany reported 9,872 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. In addition, 43 new deaths were recorded within 24 hours. That comes from the numbers of the RKI from Monday. Exactly one week ago, the RKI had recorded 7709 new infections and 50 new deaths within one day.
The data reflect the status of the RKI dashboard from 5:20 a.m., subsequent changes or additions to the RKI are possible.
According to the RKI, the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants reported within seven days was 134.4 nationwide on Monday morning – and thus again higher than the previous day (129.7).
The RKI has counted 2,782,273 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 around 2,494,800. The total number of people who died with or with a proven SARS-CoV-2 infection rose to 75,913.
According to the RKI situation report on Sunday evening, the nationwide seven-day R-value was 1.17 (previous day 1.19). This means that 100 infected people theoretically infect 117 more people. The value represents the occurrence of the infection 8 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.
Immunologists: Do not put back doses for second vaccinations any further
4:00 am: In view of the increasing corona numbers, the German Society for Immunology is demanding that doses for second vaccinations no longer be put back. “In view of the current situation, putting the vaccine aside is no longer acceptable and costs human life,” said Secretary General Carsten Watzl of the “Augsburger Allgemeine” (Monday). “It would help a lot now to inoculate everything that is there and then do the second vaccination when the later delivery takes place.”
According to Watzl, the second vaccination dose is still taken in many federal states and vaccination centers. “That means that we often only offend half of what is possible.”
The situation in hospitals in Germany is worsening due to the increasing number of new corona infections. To ensure that the situation does not get out of hand, Gerald Gaß from the German Hospital Association (DKG) demands as many first vaccinations as possible as quickly as possible.
Relaxation in England: six people are allowed to meet outdoors
03:15 am: England is significantly easing the corona exit restrictions on Monday. Two households or up to six people can now meet again in parks and gardens. The “stay at home” order is lifted, but the government asks the population to continue to refrain from unnecessary journeys. Uncovered sports facilities and swimming pools are allowed to reopen.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hoped the easing will kick off a “great British summer of sport”. With the support of prominent athletes such as tennis player Johanna Konta and cricket star Eoin Morgan, the government is campaigning for people to play sports again after the months-long lockdown with contact restrictions. Children should exercise for an hour every day if possible, adults two and a half hours.
“I know how much people have missed the camaraderie and competition of organized sport and how difficult it has been to limit physical activity, especially for children,” said Johnson. At the same time he called on people to be careful. Despite the relief, everyone must continue to follow the hygiene rules.
In Wales, holidays within the part of the country have been allowed since Saturday, but households should stay among themselves and are only allowed to use accommodation with the possibility of self-sufficiency such as holiday homes. In the UK, health is a part of the country. Johnson’s government can only relax or enact regulations for England. The opening of non-essential shops and outdoor restaurants is planned for April 12th.
Union faction vice Linnemann: Armin Laschet is now required
02:00 am: The deputy chairman of the Union parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Carsten Linnemann (CDU), has called on CDU leader Armin Laschet for more aggressive crisis management. “We have to show that the Union can corona management. With the mask affair we have to clear the ship and thematically we have to go fully on the offensive. Armin Laschet is now called upon,” said Linnemann of the “Rheinische Post” (Monday). “We need a Germany plan for the comeback after the crisis. The Union must answer the question of what we want to live on in the future and not just how.”
The Union had recently slumped sharply in surveys, in the latest Sunday trend of “Bild am Sonntag” to 25 percent. In mid-January the Union was still at 36 percent.
Göring-Eckardt: Stricter measures inevitable – “was foreseeable”
02:00 am: From the point of view of the Green Party leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt, stricter corona measures are inevitable and were foreseeable. “The fact that no action was taken for weeks despite all the warnings set us back miles in the fight against the virus and caused a massive loss of confidence,” said Göring-Eckardt to the newspapers of the Funke media group. “It was foreseeable that stricter measures are now inevitable and is the inevitable consequence of the inconsistent back and forth. It cannot and must not go on like this.”
The Green politician called on the federal government to present a “breakwater plan”, “with which contacts and infections are reduced and which is then best decided by the Bundestag and Bundesrat”. These measures should finally be based on scientific reality again, said Göring-Eckardt.
The parliamentary group leader also sees an abuse of corona model projects. “Right now to abuse the idea of model projects and to open them up on a large scale without being able to offer real security is absolutely irresponsible and a dangerous game with the health of many people,” said Göring-Eckardt to the newspapers of the Funke media group. Model projects must serve to gain experience in a controllable framework, not to gloss over broad loosening.
Green health politician Maria Klein-Schmeink even fears a loss of control in view of the sharply rising corona incidence numbers. “The leaps in incidence are huge. They show very clearly that the measures taken so far are not sufficient and the situation is getting out of control,” said Klein-Schmeink of the “Rheinische Post” (Monday).
“That is the result of inconsistent action. The federal and state governments must now explain to people that more effective measures to restrict contact are necessary as soon as possible.” One cannot wait until there are no more intensive care beds available.
Veterinarians want to be involved in the vaccination campaign
01:30 am: The German veterinarians are calling on politicians to involve them in the vaccination campaign. “In the USA, veterinarians now also vaccinate as a matter of course. This pragmatic approach has contributed to the great success there,” said the President of the Federal Association of Practicing Veterinarians, Siegfried Moder, of the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”. In France, too, veterinarians will probably soon be able to administer vaccinations against the coronavirus. The country’s top health authority recommended it in a statement on Friday.
Moder accused the Berlin politicians of failing: “We offered the federal government our support with the corona vaccination at the beginning of December, but our offer of help has been ignored to this day. You can do that if you have the situation under control In view of the third wave and the daily bad news, we consider this ignorance to be grossly negligent. ” According to Moder, veterinary practices could easily vaccinate two million people a month.
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