More corona infections again: The turning point for Delta? | free press


Berlin (dpa) – The seven-day incidence of corona infections in Germany is at its highest since about 10 days – albeit at a relatively low level.

For the third day in a row, the number of corona cases per 100,000 inhabitants per week has risen to 5.5, according to figures from the RKI on Friday. In comparison, a day ago it was 5.2, two days ago it was 5.1.

Experts had warned that the delta variant, which is now dominant in Germany, could lead to more infections again. The relaxation of the corona restrictions may also have an impact.

R-value again above 1

The number of reproductions, which determines the speed of the spread of the corona virus, also increased. The RKI gave this 7-day R-value on Friday as 1.17 (previous day 1.09). This means that 100 infected people theoretically infect 117 more. The R value represents the onset of the infection 8 to 16 days ago. If it is constantly above 1, the number of cases increases. The R-value was well below this limit for many weeks, but has continuously increased recently.

There was also an increase in the number of new corona infections that were reported to the RKI by the health authorities within one day. During Thursday, 949 cases were filed. On the same day of the previous week, there were 300 fewer cases.

The highest seven-day incidence in the third wave was recorded on April 26, 2021 with 169.3. After that, with the exception of a few outliers, it initially declined quite steadily.

Ministry of Health: vaccination rate “well above 70 percent”

Given the rapid increase in Delta cases, the Federal Department of Health is pushing a significant immunization effort in the coming weeks. According to ministry circles, a quota of “more than 70 percent” of the total population must be fully vaccinated to be able to reach the autumn and winter well.

What the situation will be with the stronger spread of the more contagious variant of the Delta virus is now being decided in the next six to eight weeks. According to model calculations, the 70 percent threshold for vaccination coverage makes a decisive difference in keeping the use of intensive care units low.

Opportunities for uncomplicated on-site vaccinations are now important, it said.