Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Germany reports second consecutive COVID case, mulls response

BERLIN.

According to the Center for Disease Control, the Robert Koch Institute, 37,120 new infections have been reported in the country in the past 24 hours. That’s up from 33,949 on Thursday, which in turn surpassed the previous record of 33,777 set on December 18 last year.

While it is possible that these numbers were boosted by delayed testing and reporting following Monday’s regional weekend in some of the hardest-hit areas, they highlighted the steady rise in infections in recent weeks, which has put COVID-19 back in the headlines. Germany. Another 154 deaths brought Germany’s total death toll to 96,346 on Friday.

The country’s infection rate has now surpassed its peak during a spike in cases in the spring, although it still falls short of its worst ever recorded in December, according to Friday’s data. There have been 169.9 reported cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days, up from 139.2 a week ago.

This is still lower than in some other European countries, but it is a wake-up call.

In a weekly report released late Thursday night, the Robert Koch Institute reported that unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people now face a “very high” risk to their health – a change from a previous estimate that they face a “high” risk. … “For fully vaccinated people, the threat is considered moderate, but it is growing with the increase in the number of infected people,” they added.

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Federal and regional health officials discussed the response at a previously scheduled two-day meeting ending Friday in Bavaria.

Germany’s health minister has called for increased revaccinations, more frequent screening of people for vaccinations or test status, and mandatory testing across the country for nursing home staff and visitors. In a highly decentralized Germany, state governments have the primary responsibility for enforcing and easing restrictions.

The authorities are also reiterating their request for vaccinations in Germany who have not yet been vaccinated. They say the burden on hospital beds is increasing, especially in regions where vaccination rates are relatively low.

Official figures show that about two-thirds of Germany’s 83 million people have completed the first round of vaccinations, but there are significant regional differences.

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