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RKI boss: “pinch your buttocks for a few more months”

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According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the corona situation in Germany is still very serious. The infection rate is still increasing practically all over Germany, said RKI boss Lothar Wieler on Thursday in Berlin. The around 22,000 infected people who were last reported nationwide within 24 hours could infect other people.

The number of serious illnesses and deaths will also continue to rise with a delay. Wieler warned that one must expect clinics to reach their capacity limits. However, he is cautiously optimistic that the curve of new infections has recently risen less steeply. However, it is not yet known whether this is a stable development. It remains to be seen whether this will continue.

From the perspective of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), however, it is still too early to assess the effects of the current partial lockdown. How quickly the infection process can be slowed down depends on people’s behavior. In winter it is more difficult to slow down because you spend more time in closed rooms – which means better conditions for infections.

More infections and cases of quarantine among clinic employees

Wieler again called for compliance with the measures: rules such as keeping your distance, wearing mouth and nose protection, hygiene and ventilation would accompany people for a long time. “We’ll have to pinch our buttocks for a few more months,” he said.

He also said that almost half of the clinics in Germany would report bottlenecks. According to the data from the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, the most frequent reason is a lack of staff.

Wieler said that due to the high number of corona cases in the country, there are also more infections and cases of quarantine among clinic employees. At the same time, the number of intensive care patients has doubled in the past two weeks. It is important to prevent the situation from worsening further. The goal is still to bring the number of new infections back to a level that hospitals can handle.

The number of deaths related to the virus totaled 11,982

In Germany, the health authorities reported 21,866 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within 24 hours. That is almost 3,400 cases more than on Wednesday, as the information from the RKI shows on Thursday morning. Compared to Thursday last week, the value is slightly higher. At the time, the number of new infections reported was 19,990. A high was reached on Saturday with 23,399 recorded cases.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the RKI has counted a total of 727,553 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 in Germany (as of November 12, 00:00 a.m.). The number of deaths related to the virus rose 215 to 11,982 as of Thursday. On Wednesday, that increase had been 261 cases. The RKI estimates that around 467,800 people have now recovered.

According to the RKI situation report on Wednesday evening, the so-called seven-day R was 0.89 (previous day: 0.92). This means that 100 infected people theoretically infect around 89 other people. The value represents the occurrence of the infection 8 to 16 days ago. If it is below 1 for a long time, the infection process subsides.

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