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.
Schools have to adjust to the Delta variant
Meanwhile, the highly infectious Delta variant of the corona virus continues to spread. According to RKI boss Lothar Wieler, their share of all new infections in Germany is likely to be 50 percent.
In view of this rapid expansion, the Association of Towns and Municipalities is urging for schools to be converted quickly. “With a view to the time after the summer vacation, the necessary organizational and spatial conditions must be created in the schools as quickly as possible to prevent them from being closed again,” said General Manager Gerd Landsberg to the newspapers of the Funke media group. This requirement should relate, among other things, to air filters in classrooms.
“This is all the more urgent as the majority of the children do not fall under the Stiko vaccination recommendation,” Landsberg told the papers. A recommendation from the Standing Vaccination Commission would only partially solve the problem, as no vaccine has yet been approved for schoolchildren under the age of twelve or for daycare children.
In order to effectively implement the hygiene measures at the schools, the municipalities, as school authorities, needed a funding commitment from the federal and state governments, Landsberg demanded. Time-consuming funding programs should be avoided. “We have to make it clear to ourselves again and again that we are still in a race with the virus and accordingly have no time to lose.”