IIn Germany, more than 10,000 people have died as a result of a Covid 19 infection since the beginning of the corona pandemic. As the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced early Saturday morning, citing information from the health authorities, a total of 10,003 deaths were recorded by Friday. The number was 49 deaths higher than the number announced by the RKI on Friday night.
A new record was also reached in the number of new coronavirus infections recorded daily. According to the RKI, the number of cases of infection recorded increased by 14,714 compared to the previous day. However, this number includes infections that had not been recorded the day before due to a technical glitch when the data was transmitted. On Thursday and Friday, the RKI announced daily registered new infections of more than 11,000 cases each – these were the previous peak values since the beginning of the pandemic. Without the technical breakdown, the institute would have determined an even higher value on Friday – and the number published on Saturday would have been lower.
The total number of registered cases of coronavirus infection in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic was given by the RKI on Saturday as 418,005. The number of people recovered was reportedly around 310,200. The RKI classified the corona situation in Germany as “very serious” on Thursday.
Hospitals alarmed but not panicked
The German hospitals consider themselves well equipped for the new corona wave. “The hospitals are highly alarmed without being hectic,” said the managing director of the German Hospital Association, Georg Baum, to the “Mannheimer Morgen”. There are currently more than 8,000 free intensive care beds, and another 10,000 beds could be made free by postponing unnecessary treatments.
“In addition, not all patients who come to hospital with a corona infection need intensive medical treatment,” said Baum. “The capacities will be sufficient for a long time before it becomes questionable.”
So that the situation does not get out of hand, every citizen has to take preventive action himself and follow the request of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) to avoid unnecessary contacts, said Baum.
New restrictions and protests in other European countries
The worsening situation in the corona pandemic has resulted in further restrictions in everyday life in several European countries. The curfew has been in effect in France in 54 departments and the French overseas territory of French Polynesia since Saturday. This means that 46 million people or two thirds of the residents of France are now affected by the anti-corona measure.
Since midnight, entry from Germany to Denmark has only been permitted with a valid reason. And in Latvia, only a maximum of ten people are allowed to come together for events in rooms. Meanwhile, there were protests in Italy.
In the southern Italian metropolis of Naples, hundreds of people took to the streets on Saturday night against a curfew and a planned lockdown for the Campania region. The demonstrators chanted slogans and moved, among other things, in front of the headquarters of the regional government. They threw fireworks and set off smoke bombs, as reported by the Ansa news agency. The police used tear gas against the protesters, among other things.