“If we don’t take countermeasures now, we’re going to have a really bad Christmas,” warns Lothar Wheeler, president of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). This institute monitors and reports the situation of the epidemic in Germany the new cases Corona virus infection. For several weeks, their number has been growing rapidly, and in fact may be much higher than the official data. Wieler explains that not all new cases have been recorded. “The real numbers are being underestimated more and more,” he said.
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Today (November 18, 2021), the RKI reports that 65,371 new cases have been reported in the past 24 hours – the highest number since the start of the pandemic. Due to COVID-19, 264 people have died. The seven-day morbidity rate, calculated per 100,000 inhabitants, was 336.9 – breaking all records so far. But behind these injuries, which are now recorded daily, “there are at least two or three times more,” warns the RKI chief.
Recently, 0.8 percent of those infected died. Thus, more than 400 people who are newly infected will die in the coming weeks in the coming weeks, Wheeler concludes. There is nothing else that can be done about it.
‘Near the point we didn’t want to go’
Wheeler said the number of critically ill COVID-19 patients is on the rise. And in some places, it takes two hours for people with stroke and other critically ill patients to find an intensive care bed for two hours. He admitted that “(health) care is already not sufficient in all federal states”. This situation will only get worse. “The prognosis is really bleak,” the RKI chief was annoyed.
Alarm sound too leading North Rhine-Westphalia Hendrik West, who chairs the Conference of Heads of Government of the 16 German federal states. “We are so close to the point in this epidemic that we never wanted to get to it, namely hospitals have to decide who to treat,” said a CDU politician. a program telewizji ARD “Today’s Topics”.
“There is no reason to panic”
Andreas Jassin, president of the Association of Chartered Physicians, reacts less severely insurance the health. “The situation is difficult, but there is no need to panic,” he told RND media network. Hospitals, like doctors’ offices, have been under heavy pressure for months. Hospital bed numbers are still lower than they were at the height of World War II. The third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Jasin said, “still had enough reserves.”
(AFP, DPA, RTR/DOM)
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