For about two weeks, new infections in Germany have remained “relatively constant,” the head of the German Hospital Federation (DKG) told mass circulation. Bild newspaper on Sunday.
The numbers “give us confidence that we don’t have to worry about an exponential increase in the number of patients requiring intensive care,” said DKG President Gerald Gass.
Most hospitals are now experiencing their “first slight relief,” Gass said, but warned the pressure on hospitals remained very high.
What is the situation in German hospitals?
As for intensive care units, the number of coronavirus patients there has been relatively constant for about 10 days, the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (Divi) reported on Sunday.
According to Bild, some 5,019 COVID-19 patients were currently being treated in intensive care units across Germany – up from a peak of 5,106 on April 26.
“It looks like a very stable and calm situation at first glance, but the opposite is the case,” DiVi Chairman Gernot Marx said in a video statement, adding that hospitals are still receiving coronavirus patients every day. .
However, Marx was quoted as saying by the Rheinische substation newspaper that he hoped hospital admissions would drop by next week.
“We are confident that the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units will decline – and this is directly related to the actions taken by the federal emergency brake, as well as significant advances in vaccination,” Marx said the newspaper.
What is the COVID infection rate in Germany?
Germany has recorded 16,290 new cases of coronavirus and 110 deaths in 24 hours, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for Disease Control (RKI) said on Sunday.
The RKI noted that the infection rate was decreasing. The number of new cases per 100,000 people in a week fell to 146.5 – from 165.6 a week ago.
But health officials have always called for continued caution.
“We are not yet out of the worst,” said Susanne Johna, head of the Marburger Bund doctors’ union. Rheinische substation.
What about vaccinations?
Health officials have hoped that a record number of vaccinations could help turn the tide and ease the burden on hospitals.
Meanwhile, the government is seeking to exempt those immune from the current restrictions.
The cabinet could consider such legislation on Wednesday, Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz told ARD on Sunday.
Scholz added that he believes the new regulation has a good chance of being adopted by the German legislative system by the end of the week.
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