Berlin (dpa) – In the face of rising corona rates, German intensive care physicians are calling for an immediate return to lockdown.
“Based on the data we now have and see, and with the predominant British mutant, we would strongly advocate going back into lockdown immediately to simply avoid a strong third wave,” said the scientific director of the. DIVI-Intensivregister, Christian Karagiannidis, Monday on the rbb broadcaster Radioeins. DIVI is the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine.
Karagiannidis said he very much hopes countries will enforce the emergency brake passed for an incidence value of 100. The federal and state governments had agreed to return to lockdown if the number of new infections in a region reached the limit of 100 per 100,000 residents in 7 days. “Otherwise, we would see 5,000 or 6,000 patients in intensive care again,” said Karagiannidis. “You can see very clearly that very soon we will be in increasingly intensive numbers again, provided we give the virus a chance to do so now.” About 2,800 Covid-19 patients are currently in intensive care.
“We will not gain much when we open in the next two weeks because we will reach a high level very quickly and it will be twice as difficult to get off the high level numbers,” said Karagiannidis. It is important to vaccinate people over 50 and 60 years old quickly. Then fewer people with Covid-19 would become seriously ill.
The workload on intensive care unit staff is still very high without interruption and is now increasing again. It’s important to save yourself in the summer, said Karagiannidis, who is a doctor herself at a lung clinic in Cologne.
It is positive if extensive tests are carried out for Corona. Probably about 50 to 60 percent of the infection cases could be detected this way.
Monday, 6,604 new corona infections were registered. That is about 1,600 more than a week ago on Monday. The incidence has increased from 79 to 82.9. The number of deaths related to Covid-19 increased by 47 to 73,418. According to the nationwide seven-day R value, 100 infected people currently infect 119 other people. This was based on data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).