Berlin (dpa) – In view of the soaring corona figures, the federal government has urged states to comply with the “Corona emergency brake” and tighten state restrictions if necessary.
The federal state’s March 3 resolution must be implemented, “not only in its pleasant passages, but also in its difficult,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in Berlin on Monday. This would mean, for example, that the retail trade and hairdressers would have to be closed again if there are more than 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days. But there are deviations from this convention. Meanwhile, the seven-day incidence soared nationwide for the fifth consecutive time – German intensive care physicians therefore called for a quick return to lockdown.
The federal government recognizes the dangerousness of the current situation, and everyone should, Seibert said. “Rising incidents, rising case numbers, especially among the younger population, no more decreases in the occupancy of intensive care beds – these are unpleasant developments to which we must all respond together.” That is why the federal government is behind the decision on the emergency brake.
Two districts in Brandenburg, among others, had announced that they would not introduce stricter corona rules despite a seven-day incidence of more than 100. Pirmasens in Rhineland-Palatinate, for example, only pulled the emergency brake with half the force on Monday, although the incidence there already exceeded three days is above 100 days.
In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the tightening of the contact rules or the closure of many stores with an incidence of 100 or more are only planned if the federal state exceeds this value on three consecutive days.
In North Rhine-Westphalia, 14 of the 53 districts and independent cities passed 100 on Monday, including the city of Cologne. The emergency brake Corona has not yet drawn a municipality. Cologne and Duisburg announced they would wait and see if the value would remain stable and significantly above par in the coming days.
In Bavaria, the map is also getting redder – according to the dashboard of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 37 of a total of 96 cities and districts were above the critical limit of 100 on Monday. So far, this is not the case. known that the emergency brake will not be pulled in the affected neighborhoods.
In Saxony, eight out of ten districts and Chemnitz were above the 100 threshold on Monday – in Hesse there were eight cities and districts. According to the State of Hessen, the aspect of the “emergency brake” has not yet been definitively regulated in a regulation.
Across Germany, the incidence increased from seven days to 82.9 at the beginning of the week (previous day: 79.1). The development of the reproduction number is also a cause for concern. According to Monday’s management report from RKI, the R-value was 1.15 (previous day: 1.19). That means: 100 infected people infect 115 more people. “It is crucial that the infection rate does not exceed the so-called R-value of about 1.2,” said Christian Karagiannidis of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. Otherwise it will be critical – especially in view of empty intensive care beds.
The intensive care physician therefore demands an immediate return to lockdown. It is important to vaccinate people over 50 and 60 years old quickly. Then fewer people with Covid-19 would become seriously ill.
In the debate about speeding up corona vaccinations, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) warned against false expectations about GP involvement. Your talks with the prime minister on Wednesday evening should bring maximum flexibility, but should not result in new disappointments, Merkel said Monday, according to information from the German news agency for the CDU administration. General practitioners argue for rapid involvement and criticize the fact that available vaccines must first continue to go to vaccination centers in the states. Federal and state health ministers are aiming for a wide-ranging vaccination start in practice by the week of April 19.
The vaccination campaign is likely to face additional problems as Astrazeneca’s vaccinations were suspended in Germany on Monday. The reason for the precautionary measure, according to the Federal Ministry of Health, is reports of cerebral vein thrombosis associated with the vaccination.
Merkel and the country leaders have to decide on the vaccination schedule. But there must be enough vaccine for that, as Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) had made clear. The Virchow Association of Family Physicians complained Monday that a debate over who could inoculate the fastest vaccine that was not available was “unbeatable in terms of absurdity.” As long as a large part of priority has to be given due to small quantities, the decision on vaccination authorization cannot be taken at the counter in the general practice.