Germany seven-day incidence continues to rise

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The seven-day incidence has risen again. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Sunday morning, it was 74.1. The previous day, the value had been 72.1, a week ago 54.5. The health offices in Germany reported to the RKI within one day 8416 Corona new infections. This is according to figures reflecting the status of the RKI dashboard as of 04:15. A week ago, the figure for Germany had been 7050 infections.

Germany-wide, 12 deaths were recorded within 24 hours, according to the new data. A week ago, there had been three deaths. The RKI counted 3,932,547 confirmed infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the start of the pandemic, but the actual total is likely to be much higher, as many infections are not detected.

Incidence has been the basis for many Corona restrictions so far in the pandemic, such as under the federal emergency brake that expired at the end of June. In the future, other values, such as hospital admissions, will be given greater consideration in addition.

The RKI gave the number of people who recovered as 3,726,700. The number of people who died from or with the involvement of a proven infection with Sars-CoV-2 rose to 92,130.

Stricter rules planned for the unvaccinated

There could soon be tougher Corona rules again for unvaccinated people. "If it spreads to the intensive care units, action must be taken. It would be wrong to then hold everyone jointly liable, including the vaccinated - that's why there will be different rules for the unvaccinated than for the vaccinated," Thomas Strobl, head of the state government of Baden-Württemberg, told the newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

He said the state's Green-led Social Affairs Ministry has proposed contact restrictions for unvaccinated adults and a ban on visits to restaurants and concerts. The Bavarian health minister also supports the proposals, the paper reports. There is criticism from the SPD and FDP.

Patient protectors are calling for a legal obligation for hospitals and care facilities to publish the rate of vaccinated and recovered staff. "Sick people and those in need of care need transparency in order to be able to assess the risk of infection," said Eugen Brysch, chairman of the Patient Protection Foundation, to Editorial Network Germany. This is all the more important, he said, because there is still no nationwide mandatory daily testing for medical and nursing staff.

Brysch pointed out that in many places now only people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 or have recovered from the disease (2G rule) have access to restaurants or hotels. "But people in need of care and patients don't even know what the 2G rate is for employees in nursing homes or clinics," he criticized. Because there is no mandatory testing for staff, he said, not even 3G (vaccinated, recovered, tested) applies in clinics and nursing homes.

"Therefore, the federal government must establish a reporting requirement on the 2G status of geriatric and nursing staff in the Infection Protection Act," Brysch demanded. The "2G status radar" must then be published daily on the websites of the services and homes.

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