Dhe health authorities in Germany reported 6868 new corona infections within 24 hours, according to the Robert Koch Institute on Tuesday morning. The value is well above the 4122 cases reported on Tuesday last week. The number of new infections reached 7830 on Saturday for the third time in a row, a high since the start of the corona pandemic in Germany. However, the current values are only partially comparable with those from spring, because significantly more tests are now carried out – and thus more infections are discovered.
According to experts, the newly reported infections are an indication of how strong the virus was in society about a week ago because of the time between infection, test, result and report. That is why it will take some time before political measures can be reflected in the registration figures.
“Currently, an accelerated increase in the number of transmissions can be observed in Germany,” wrote the RKI in its management report on Tuesday. “It is therefore urgently appealed that the entire population is committed to infection protection.” The RKI includes, among other things, distance and hygiene rules outdoors, indoor ventilation and, where necessary, mouth and nose covering. The seven-day incidence – the number of new corona infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days – has risen to 48.6 on a national average.
There is also an increase in Covid 19 patients treated in intensive care. According to the RKI management report, 879 corona infected people are currently (20.10., 12.15) treated in intensive care, 411 of whom are ventilated. Two weeks earlier (October 6th) there were 449 (219 ventilated). However, around 8,900 intensive care beds are currently still free in the German clinics.
According to the RKI, at least 373 167 people in Germany have been proven to have been infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus since the beginning of the Corona crisis (as of October 20, 12:00 am). The number of deaths in connection with a corona infection was therefore 9836. That was 47 more than the previous day. According to estimates by the RKI, there are around 298,300 recovered.
The reproduction number, in short R value, was 1.25 in Germany according to the RKI situation report on Tuesday (previous day: 1.35). This means that ten infected people infect an average of 12 to 13 other people. The R-value depicts the infection rate about one and a half weeks beforehand.
In addition, the RKI gives a so-called seven-day R in its management report. The value relates to a longer period and is therefore less subject to daily fluctuations. According to RKI estimates, this value is now 1.23 (previous day: 1.25). It shows the infection process from 8 to 16 days ago.
In Austria 1524 new infections were reported within 24 hours. 333 new corona cases were registered in the capital Vienna, 292 in Tyrol, 243 in Upper Austria and 155 new corona cases in Vorarlberg. All over Austria, 889 Covid-19 patients are being treated in hospitals, 145 of them in intensive care units. 914 people died as a result of the corona virus.
The country is tightening measures to contain the virus. This included upper limits of six people for private meetings in buildings and twelve people outdoors, said Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) in Vienna. Yoga and dance courses, birthday parties, weddings and club meetings are also affected. In addition, mouth and nose protection should be worn at all times at cultural and sporting events such as Bundesliga games and operas in the future. For officially approved events, the visitor limit is 1000 indoors and 1500 outdoors, said Kurz.
Corona in France, Ireland and the Czech Republic
France registers significantly more new infections again. The Ministry of Health puts the confirmed infections in the past 24 hours at 20,468, after 13,243 on Monday. However, the numbers tend to be lower on Monday because there is less testing on Sunday. The total number of corona cases reached 930,745 with the figures from Tuesday. If the current trend continues, the one million mark could be crossed before the weekend. The death toll increased by 262 to 33,885.
In Czech Republic The steep rise in new infections, serious illnesses and deaths causes the government to speak to the people’s conscience. “I urge you to respect the existing orders,” said Health Minister Roman Prymula in parliament. “We find out that this is not the case.” Therefore, stricter rules should be considered. Prymula does not say what it could be. Other ministers have already brought a kind of lockdown into discussion. The government has scheduled an emergency meeting for Wednesday morning. Schools, theaters, cinemas and sports facilities are already closed in the Czech Republic, and restaurants are only allowed to sell food outside the home. Shops are still open.
In the country, the number of reported new corona infections has tripled since the beginning of the month. In the past week, there was an average of just under 76 cases per 100,000 people per day, after just under 24 two weeks earlier.
In Ireland a six-week lockdown begins at midnight on Wednesday. Non-essential shops will then remain closed, restaurants can only offer take-away food and citizens are only allowed to be within five kilometers of their place of residence, announced Prime Minister Michael Martin. In contrast to the first lockdown at the beginning of the outbreak, however, schools and important businesses such as construction remained open.
In Great Britain More than 21,000 new corona infections were registered within 24 hours. This increases the total number of infections to more than 762,000 and the number of deaths to almost 44,000, according to government figures on Tuesday. Statistics from the National Statistics Office even show around 59,000 deaths. For this purpose, the experts evaluated all death certificates on which a corona infection was noted.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in the midst of a bitter dispute over “lockdown funding” tougher corona restrictions for Greater Manchester. In the recently introduced three-stage warning system, the English metropolis will fall under the highest alert level from Friday, as Johnson announced on Tuesday. Accordingly, pubs and other places that do not offer food have to close.
In Bulgaria masks are also mandatory on the streets from Thursday. “We assume that the infections will decrease if everyone strictly follows the rules,” says Health Minister Kostadin Angelow. Bulgaria reports 1024 new infections in the last 24 hours, more than ever since the outbreak of the pandemic in March. There are 30,527 infections and 1008 deaths in the country of seven million people.
In the EU and its most important European partner countries, more than 200,000 people have now died in connection with Covid-19 disease. As the ECDC figures showed, there have been just under 4.8 million confirmed corona infections in the European Economic Area (EEA) including Great Britain so far 200.587 reported Deaths. Most of the deaths were recorded in the United Kingdom (43,579), Italy (36,474), Spain (33,775), France (33,392), Belgium (10,392) and Germany (9777).
Worldwide the number of detected coronavirus infections has the 40 million mark exceeded. This is the result of a Reuters survey based on official data. Accordingly, more than 1.1 million people died from or with the virus. The virus spread has recently accelerated significantly: it took just 32 days to go from 30 million cases to 40 million worldwide, after 38 days for an increase from 20 to 30 million cases and 44 days from ten to 20 million would have.
Within 24 hours are in the USA 60,061 new infections have been registered. According to the CDC disease protection authorities, a total of 8.189 million people have been shown to have contracted the coronavirus. The death toll rose by 513 to 219,499. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) numbers do not necessarily reflect the data that individual states report.
Argentina The fifth country to break the one million coronavirus cases mark. The Ministry of Health reports 1,002,662 detected infections, including 12,982 positive test results in the past 24 hours. Another 451 people died from or with the virus. The United States, India, Brazil, and Russia also have more than a million cases.
The coronavirus is also spreading in Brazil further out. The Ministry of Health reports 23.227 New infections. This increases the total number of infections to just under 5.3 million. The number of deaths rose by 661 to 154,837 within 24 hours. Brazil has the highest number of infections and deaths in the coronavirus pandemic after the US and India.
If reports with 46,790 infections within 24 hours, the fewest new corona infections in around three months. Most recently, fewer cases were registered on July 23. As a result, almost 7.6 million people in India have been shown to have been infected with the virus, according to the Ministry of Health.
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