Corona incidence drops to 5.4 on Tuesday in Germany

Dhe health authorities in Germany reported 404 new corona infections to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) within one day. For comparison: a week ago the value was 455 infections. The RKI gave the seven-day incidence nationwide as 5.4 (previous day: 5.6; previous week: 8.0).

According to the information, 57 deaths were recorded across Germany within 24 hours. A week ago there were 77 deaths. The number of people who died with or with a proven infection with the Sars-CoV-2 virus rose to 90,819.

The RKI has counted 3,727,333 detected infections with Sars-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not detected. The RKI stated the number of those who had recovered at around 3,622,600.

According to the RKI, the seven-day R-value on Monday afternoon was 0.79 (previous day: 0.82). This means that 100 infected people theoretically infect 79 more people. The R-value represents the occurrence of the infection 8 to 16 days ago. If it is below 1 for a longer period of time, the infection process subsides; if it is consistently higher, the number of cases increases.


Corona vaccinations now without prioritization: differences by federal state

IFrom this Monday, those willing to vaccinate can be vaccinated against the corona virus regardless of the previously valid list of priorities in Germany. Once the prioritization has ended, the vaccine can generally be given to the entire population. Everyone over the age of twelve can now be vaccinated. However, it should take the summer until enough vaccine is available for everyone.

That is why top representatives of Germany’s doctors and Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) urged those willing to be vaccinated to be patient. At the same time, more than 6,000 company doctors are getting involved in vaccinations. In the first week you will receive 702,000 out of a total of 6.6 million vaccine doses announced for the week. There is currently a lot of vaccine used for the second vaccinations. The aim of prioritization was to protect people at high risk first.

“Disappointment and frustration”

The chief executive of the German Association of Cities and Towns, Gerd Landsberg, told the Rheinische Post that the lifting of the vaccination prioritization would lead to disillusionment for many people. “Disappointment and frustration are inevitable because there is not enough vaccine available immediately,” he said. “Frustration and disappointment will intensify because until mid-June 2021 – possibly even until the end of June – for example in North Rhine-Westphalia there will be no dates for first vaccinations in the vaccination centers.”

German general practitioners also dampened expectations of the end of vaccination prioritization. “Because ultimately the vaccine is still too scarce for the high demand and is still being delivered too unreliably,” said Ulrich Weigeldt, chairman of the German Association of General Practitioners, the newspapers of the Funke media group. At the same time, with the lifting of the prioritization and the announcement of child and youth vaccinations, the demand will increase. “But the setting will remain the same: We vaccinate as much as we can.”