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LATEST: Covid-19 infections in Germany rise above 3 million

Covid-19 infections in Germany have crossed the three million mark, according to figures published Monday by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) disease control centre.

LATEST: Covid-19 infections in Germany rise above 3 million
People queuing for Covid rapid tests in front of a tent in a car park outside the zoo in Dresden on Saturday. Photo: DPA

The total number of infections now stands at 3,011,513, the institute said. However, the actual number of cases is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not detected.

German authorities have logged 78,452 deaths since the pandemic began.

On Monday morning, the RKI reported 13,245 new coronavirus infections within a day. In the same time period, 99 people were reported to have died with or from Covid-19.

The chart below by Our World in Data shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per day.

However, case numbers are usually lower on Mondays because fewer tests are carried out at the weekend. They may also be slightly distorted due to delays in reporting over the Easter school holidays in Germany.

READ ALSO: Berlin’s major Charité Hospital warns of ‘critical situation’ if cases continue to rise

RKI boss Lothar Wieler said he expected more reliable data on infection figures from the middle of this week onwards. A week ago, the RKI recorded 8,497 new infections and 50 new deaths within a day.

The number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants reported within seven days stood at 136.4 nationwide on Monday morning, according to the RKI.

Germany is trying to keep this incidence rate below 100. 

The nationwide seven-day reproductive number (R number) was 1.08 (previous day: 1.02), according to the RKI situation report from Sunday.

This means that 100 people with Covid go onto infect on average 108 others.

Germany remains gripped by rising infection rates, despite cultural venues, restaurants and leisure facilities having been closed since November.

Health authorities warned Friday that hospitals could become overwhelmed without tougher national measures.

The first confirmed coronavirus infection in Germany was announced on January 27th 2020.

Merkel government planning update to the law

The federal government is planning this week to try and gain more power in order to tighten restrictions across the country.

It comes after some states proved reluctant to impose the so-called ‘emergency brake’ (Notbremse) that would result in tougher Covid rules when the number of infections per 100,000 residents rises above 100.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government cancelled crisis talks with state leaders that were due to happen on Monday April 12th.

The government is instead writing up a draft law aimed at changing the power dynamic that will be presented to the Bundestag.

Member comments

  1. Again to say, people behave in Public, but not in private. Proper monitoring of too many people visiting each other, meeting in Parks, at Night etc. is the only way to control this. Keeping Restaurants etc. closed no longer makes any sense.

      1. We simply need more Sicherheitsdienst patrols, with patrols that know the area. Then unusual numbers cars in a Driveway, obvious late night parties in a House, will be picked up. Then there should be heavy on the spot fines. Yep, you’ll only catch a percentage, but you’ll discourage a lot more. Verbal warnings and small fines are useless. And these same patrols can deal with Park meetings, late night outdoor drinking sessions. Police back-up will be needed at times for sure.

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Munich sees sharp rise in Covid cases after Oktoberfest

Since the start of Germany’s Oktoberfest, the incidence of Covid infections in Munich has risen sharply. Though a connection with the festival can’t yet be proven, it seems likely.

Munich sees sharp rise in Covid cases after Oktoberfest

Two weeks after the start of Oktoberfest, the Covid numbers in Munich have more than tripled.

On Sunday, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported an incidence of 768.7 for the city of Munich, though updated figures for the end of the festival are not expected until later in the week. Usually, on weekends and public holidays, there is a delay in reports.

In the entire state of Bavaria, the incidence value on Sunday was 692.5.

According to Munich’s public health officer, Beatrix Zurek, bed occupancy in Munich hospitals has also increased. Two weeks ago, 200 beds in Munich were occupied by Covid patients, whereas there are now around 350.

Though a relationship between the sharp rise in infections with Oktoberfest, which ended on Monday, can’t be proven at the moment, it seems very likely, according to experts. A significant increase in Covid incidences has also been shown at other public festivals – about one and a half weeks after the start. 

READ ALSO: Germany’s famed Oktoberfest opens after two-year pandemic hiatus

After a two-year break due to the pandemic, around 5.7 million visitors came to this year’s Wiesn according to the festival management – around 600,000 fewer than at the last Oktoberfest before the pandemic in 2019, when there were 6.3 million.

Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) took to Twitter to comment on the rise in incidence in Munich during the Oktoberfest. “This would not have been necessary if self-tests had been taken before admission,” he said.

“Compared to the price of a measure of beer, €2-3 (for tests) wouldn’t have mattered,” he said.

Even before the start of the Wiesn, he had spoken out in favour of people taking voluntary self-tests. Lauterbach stressed that now is the time for special measures against Covid.

“The development shows what will happen if the states wait too long with the mask obligation in indoor areas,” he added.

READ ALSO: KEY POINTS: Germany’s new Covid-19 rules from October

In neighbouring counties, where many Oktoberfest visitors came from, the number of Covid cases has also risen noticeably.  Beatrix Zurek said that it is unclear, however, how much of a role Oktoberfest played in these figures, as people are currently much more active socially overall, with concerts and other events also taking place throughout the state.

Christoph Spinner, an infections specialist at Munich’s Klinikum, has urged people not to be alarmed by the rising numbers.

“We had expected rising incidences here. We knew that there could be a doubling, tripling, even quadrupling,” he said.

He said that this is no cause for concern, as many people have been vaccinated or have also recovered from previous Covid infections, so any new infections are therefore usually mild.

The virologist advises people over 60 or with pre-existing conditions to get a second booster vaccination, but otherwise said people shouldn’t be alarmed by the rising incidences.

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