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Corona crisis: RKI reports declines in incidence and new infections

2022-08-10T02:56:19.842Z

Within 24 hours, the health authorities registered 213 more deaths related to the corona virus. Meanwhile, the hospitals are criticizing the Infection Protection Act.



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According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the number of known

infections

in Germany has increased by

72,737

to over 31.3 million.

That is 14,944 fewer cases than on Wednesday a week ago, when 87,681 infections were recorded.

The

seven-day incidence

falls to

366.8

from 381.5 the previous day.

The RKI reports

213 more deaths

related to the corona virus.

The known total is 145,241.

However, this information only provides a very incomplete picture of the number of infections.

Experts have been assuming for some time that there will be a large number of cases not recorded by the RKI - mainly because by far not all infected people have a PCR test done.

Only positive PCR tests count in the statistics.

In addition, late registrations or transmission problems can lead to a distortion of individual daily values.

In the debate about the new Infection Protection Act, the Professional Association of Paediatricians (BVKJ) spoke out against compulsory masks for schoolchildren in autumn and winter.

"The BVKJ is fundamentally against compulsory masks in schools," said association spokesman Jakob Maske to the newspapers of the editorial network Germany on Wednesday.

Studies would show that masks tend to postpone infections.

The head of the German Hospital Society (DKG), Gerald Gaß, calls for improvements to the planned Infection Protection Act during the pandemic.

"We welcome the fact that it should still be possible to wear masks indoors," said Gass of the "Rheinische Post".

"But the exceptions for vaccinated people are completely impractical and therefore contradict the goal of good protection against infection."

The rules planned for clinics cannot be implemented either: the new rules will burden hospitals with additional work that cannot be implemented.

Lauterbach does not want to have given a general recommendation

Finally, Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach does not want earlier statements on the fourth corona vaccination to be understood as a recommendation for all younger people.

"I didn't say: The fourth vaccination for everyone," said the SPD politician on Tuesday evening in the ZDF "heute journal".

'I never said all younger people should get vaccinated now.

That's just wrong.«

In an interview with SPIEGEL in mid-July, the minister commented on the fourth corona vaccination and said that if you wanted to enjoy the summer without the risk of illness, then he would "of course recommend the vaccination to younger people in consultation with the family doctor".

He only pointed out that a clear message was needed for the different age groups, such as those under 60, Lauterbach said.

In his opinion, risk patients should not wait for the adapted vaccines: Waiting is “simply wrong for those who are now at risk,” he said on ZDF.

In the case of younger people, however, it could make sense “to wait a little longer” and be treated with the new vaccines, Lauterbach said in the ARD “Tagesthemen”.

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Source: spiegel

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