BHealth Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) wants the epidemic emergency of national scope to end at the end of November. A ministry spokesman confirmed a corresponding report in the Bild newspaper on Monday at the request of the AFP news agency. Accordingly, Spahn said before the Conference of Health Ministers (GMK) of the federal states: “The Robert Koch Institute classifies the risk for vaccinated people as moderate.” In view of the current vaccination rate, the epidemic situation of national importance could expire on November 25, 2021.
“This ends a state of emergency that has existed since March 28, 2020 and thus for almost 19 months,” said Spahn. The epidemic situation of national importance is the basis for measures taken by the countries in the corona pandemic. In order for them to continue to apply, the Bundestag would have to actively decide on this. This would probably be the task of the new Bundestag, which will be constituted next week.
New infections have recently increased again
Most recently, at the end of August, the Bundestag decided to continue the emergency for another three months. However, Spahn is counting on the fact that 3-G and AHA hygiene rules in the interior are “absolutely still necessary”. “So we’re coming from a state of emergency to a state of extreme caution,” he said. From today’s perspective, the normal state will only be possible in the spring of next year.
The seven-day incidence in Germany is currently increasing again. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) gave the value of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week on Monday morning as 74.4. For comparison: the day before the value was 72.7, a week ago it was 66.5. The health authorities in Germany reported 4056 new corona infections to the RKI within one day. This emerges from figures that reflect the status of the RKI dashboard at 4:07 a.m. on Monday morning. A week ago, the RKI reported 3111 infections. The incidence has been rising again for six days now.
According to the new information, ten deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there had been seven deaths. The RKI has counted 4,377,845 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections go undetected.
The number of corona patients admitted to clinics per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days – the most important parameter for a possible tightening of the corona restrictions – was given by the RKI on Friday at 2.02 (Thursday 1.93). A nationwide threshold as to when the situation is to be viewed critically is not provided for the hospitalization incidence, among other things because of large regional differences. The previous high was around Christmas time at around 15.5.
The RKI put the number of people who had recovered at 4,155,000. The number of people who died from or involved a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 94,628.
Flu vaccination is especially important this fall
According to experts, it is particularly important for pregnant women to be vaccinated against the flu this fall. After the quasi-failed wave last season, more sick people can be expected this year, said Cornelia Hösemann from the board of the professional association of gynecologists of the German Press Agency. “Because the immune system has to be trained again first. In addition, with 2G or 3G regulations, the obligation to wear a mask will no longer apply, so that infections spread via droplets will generally occur more frequently again.” Pregnant women could definitely consider whether they should wear a mask for their own protection, regardless of the applicable regulations want to wear mouth and nose protection.
According to the doctor, who is also a member of the Saxon Vaccination Commission (Siko), pregnant women are particularly at risk if they become infected with certain pathogens: “Real influenza during pregnancy can be life-threatening.” The professional association also speaks of possible stronger fever attacks and more severe pneumonia caused by the flu virus and admissions to the hospital and intensive care unit. In the case of severe febrile infections, the risk of premature labor and premature birth generally increases, it said.