What is the current situation around Germany?
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the number of new Covid-19 infections reported within seven days per 100,000 residents nationwide was 140.9 on Tuesday morning.
The previous day, the seven-day incidence stood at 136.4; a week ago, it was 123.
On Tuesday, health offices in Germany reported 10,810 new infections to the RKI within one day. In addition, 294 new deaths from or with the virus were recorded within 24 hours.
A week ago, the RKI had recorded 6,885 new infections and 90 new deaths within one day.
However, the numbers can only be compared to a limited extent due to delays in testing and reporting over the Easter holidays.
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Where in Germany has the most new infections?
The state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous, reported the most new infections (2,777) on Monday.
Germany’s largest state by area, Bavaria, reported 2,640 cases and Baden-Württemberg 1,891, followed by Lower Saxony with 928, Hesse with 835 and Saxony with 807 new infections.
North Rhine-Westphalia also recorded the most deaths related to coronavirus infection. A total of 32 people died of or with Covid-19 in the state, while authorities in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg each recorded 28 deaths, Hesse 18, and Saxony-Anhalt 16.
The following graph from DPA shows where in Germany had the highest 7-day incidence as of Monday.
At the city and county level, authorities in Berlin reported the most new Covid infections, with 539 cases. Cologne registered 382 cases, Esslingen 335, Hamburg 309 and the Hanover region 305. Thirty-one districts reported no new infections.
Most deaths were reported in the Vogtlandkreis, near the Czech border, and Jerichower Land districts, with eight cases each. The Eichsfeld district recorded six deaths, and in Essen there were five.
On Monday, Germany recorded a total of over three million deaths from the coronavirus for the first time.
On Tuesday the RKI counted 3,022,323 confirmed infections with Sars-CoV-2 in Germany since the beginning of the pandemic. The actual total number is likely to be significantly higher, as many infections are not detected.
The total number of people who have died from or with coronavirus stands at 78,746.
How is the situation affecting hospitals?
The intensive care physicians association DIVI warned that a peak in intensive care patients would be reached as early this month.
“We have to assume that we will now have to admit between 50 and 100 new Covid intensive care patients every day throughout Germany,” DIVI President Gernot Marx told the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper on Tuesday.
Marx called on the federal government and Germany’s 16 states to pass planned uniform federal regulations this week, which would grant central powers for enforcing coronavirus measures.
If the law is not passed until the end of April, he said, the number of intensive-care patients will rise to 7,000 daily.
“We’re talking about a great many serious illnesses and a great many people who will not survive this,” he warned.